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Old 28th February 2019, 09:39 AM   #1
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Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu to be indicted on corruption charges

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(CNN) Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust arising from three separate corruption investigations, pending a hearing, according to a source with direct knowledge of the decision by Israel's attorney general, in a major blow to Netanyahu as he seeks a fifth term in office.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit's intention to indict the Prime Minister so close to April's general election marks a dramatic moment in Israeli politics.
Netanyahu's opponents will likely look to exploit a heightened sense of damage to the Prime Minister's reputation, while his coalition partners must now decide whether to support a leader who looks set to be indicted, or withdraw their support and risk alienating their shared right-wing voter base.
CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/28/middl...ntl/index.html
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Old 28th February 2019, 09:55 AM   #2
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Anti-Semites!

Ok, might not work this time.
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Old 28th February 2019, 11:05 AM   #3
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Oy vey, an independent judiciary is such a pain.
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Old 28th February 2019, 12:03 PM   #4
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I think the term Gonif applies....

I really hope this is the beginning of Bibi,who has been a disaster for Israel.
He has managed to alienate a good deal of the American Jewish Community .a remarkable acheivment for an Israeli PM.
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Old 28th February 2019, 12:04 PM   #5
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Let us hope this is a preview of things to come in the US...
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Old 28th February 2019, 12:17 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by dudalb View Post
Let us hope this is a preview of things to come in the US...
I'd rather see things move faster in the US. This drama in Israel will take years to unfold.
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Old 28th February 2019, 12:20 PM   #7
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And I have always despised Netheyanu for his endless explotation of his dead brother, a genuine Israeli hero.
He was killed leading the Entebbe raid.
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Old 11th March 2019, 02:39 PM   #8
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Now it's getting interesting:Gal Gadot, probably the best know Israeli ,just blasted Bibi for his comments about Arab Israeli Citizens.
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Old 22nd May 2019, 11:16 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
I'd rather see things move faster in the US. This drama in Israel will take years to unfold.
Yep.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/263532
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Old 24th May 2019, 04:09 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by webfusion View Post
Hi web...long time no talk.....

If Bibi canít be stood down until he is not only found guilty but has exhausted all appeals he should be around 110 years old by the time he can be imprisoned.....about right?
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Old 24th May 2019, 05:15 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by The Fool View Post
Hi web...long time no talk.....

If Bibi can’t be stood down until he is not only found guilty but has exhausted all appeals he should be around 110 years old by the time he can be imprisoned.....about right?
Hey TheFool, how's it hangin' ?

As it happens, Mr. Netanyahu doesn't have a proper coalition and there is a possibility of another election.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/263601
(MK Avigdor Liberman is fed-up with Bibi's aquiescence to Jewish religious parties on the subject of IDF military draft considerations)


Also, an "Immunity Law" is being discussed.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/263397

and
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/263620

Israeli politics are a real trip.
Never a dull moment.
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Old 24th May 2019, 06:24 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by webfusion View Post
Hey TheFool, how's it hangin' ?

As it happens, Mr. Netanyahu doesn't have a proper coalition and there is a possibility of another election.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/263601
(MK Avigdor Liberman is fed-up with Bibi's aquiescence to Jewish religious parties on the subject of IDF military draft considerations)


Also, an "Immunity Law" is being discussed.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/263397

and
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/263620

Israeli politics are a real trip.
Never a dull moment.
Never a dull moment indeed. My opinion is that Israelís biggest problem is the silly electoral system where citizens can only vote for parties and parties provide a list of who gets in. Theoretically a strong party could get a chimpanzee in. We have the same system in our upper house (senate) and it leads to some real clowns getting elected.

The biggest plus is the Israeli Judiciary which I have always thought is independent competent and moral.
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Old 29th May 2019, 04:15 PM   #13
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And it's official.


We're going for another election.
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At this point you have to wonder if Bibi will come under pressure from within Likud to step down as PM. He has got to be seen as damaged goods.
He may soon join May in the "PM's forced out because they could not get a deal" club.
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Old 30th May 2019, 03:26 AM   #15
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At this point you have to wonder if Bibi will come under pressure from within Likud to step down as PM. He has got to be seen as damaged goods.
He may soon join May in the "PM's forced out because they could not get a deal" club.
As a party member, I can tell you that there are a lot of talks on it, but nobody is doing anything about it yet (except our faction within the party, but we are a minority)

It's kind of a big game of chicken. Everyone realize he is a problem, but nobody wants to be with the blame of getting rid of him if it'll back fire.



His legal issues have been postponed until October. The elections are in September. If he can't make it this time, he's definitly getting the boot.

Possibly before that, but very unlikely.
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At this point you have to wonder if Bibi will come under pressure from within Likud to step down as PM. He has got to be seen as damaged goods.
He may soon join May in the "PM's forced out because they could not get a deal" club.
Has he even tried negotiating with prosecutors?
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Old 30th May 2019, 05:37 AM   #17
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Has he even tried negotiating with prosecutors?
No.

(Sorry in advance, English is not my native language. I might get some terms incorrectly)

Currently, the prosectuer provided a recommendation to put him to trial.
The next step is that he'll have a hearing to try and explain his side of things.

After said hearing, they will decide whether to official indite him or not.

So technically, there is no point in making a deal when there aren't any official charges yet.
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In the meantime, his wife has accepted a plea deal on her own fraud and breach of trust case.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48449679
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They can charge him. Doesn't mean he will be found guilty.
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They can charge him. Doesn't mean he will be found guilty.
Possible for sure, but unlikely.

He currently led us to re-election solely because he couldn't get a coaltion that would support his attempt to find a legal assylum and prevent his prosecution.

He is aware that the odds of him wiggling out of the situation is slim.
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So Bibi's usual small party coaltion parntners are getting ready to throw Bibi to the wolves?
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Originally Posted by Vixen View Post
They can charge him. Doesn't mean he will be found guilty.
True, but a indictment would almost certainly mean the end of his political career.
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Originally Posted by dudalb View Post
True, but a indictment would almost certainly mean the end of his political career.
Based on what?

Arie Deri was the minister of interrior, he was caught taking a bribery and was found guilty. He spent time in jail. Then went back into politics, serves as the head of his party and the minister of interrior (the same office) and now they are charging him again for tax fraud for stuff he did in office - completely new charges on additional stuff he did after he went to jail.

I'd easily put money that even if he goes to jail a second time, he'll be back.



Sadly, the Israeli public isn't so quick to exclude corrupted politicians. Back in the 70s (I think?) we had a guy who knew he was caught red handed and killed himself. Today...? Not so much.

All 5 previous prime minsiter had shady illegal dealings (though only 1 went to jail for it).

Heck, we currently have 4 other MKs other than Netanyahu who face criminal charges for various things.



Sadly, everytime there is a charge brought up people are quick to assume there's some stupid conspiracy going on trying to kick them out of office.
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