Israeli prime minister and strong Trump ally Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu of the conservative Likud Party will go on trial for corruption on March 17, just two weeks before upcoming Israeli elections on March 2. He was indicted on January 28.
If convicted he could serve ten years in prison for bribery and an extra three years for fraud. He is the first Israeli PM to be charged with a crime while serving in office.
Netanyahu is alleged to have accepted $264,000 worth of luxury items like cigars and champagne, supposedly giving favors to those who gave him those goods.
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The similarities to the Trump impeachment drama are staggering.
Anyone who has ever attended a political function anywhere on the planet knows that cigars, champagne, and social items such as those are normal perks of the office and the game. To charge a national leader for accepting them is like giving speeding tickets at the Daytona 500.
So what is the reason for his trial? The same reason for our president’s trial in the Senate. A conservative chief executive who has confounded his opponents left them with no option but to make up absurd charges to bring him down when the voters refused to do the dirty work.
Does anybody realistically think a man like Bibi Netanyahu, former Israeli commando and from one of the premier families in the nation, is going to risk his entire career and reputation for booze and tobacco that he can easily purchase at any local store?
Of course not. But like here and the fictitious abuse of power charge made against the president, it’s all they could come up with. Now the left will drag the PM and his nation through the muck and hope the timing hurts him in the election. They are, in reality, only hurting their country.
His main rival, former Israeli General Benny Gantz, is a moderate who is also for strong ties with Trump and America. President Trump is very popular in Israel.
Said Gantz recently, “We don’t care if the American president is a Republican or Democrat. If he is a good president for the United States,” he would be a “good president for the state of Israel as well.”