Cute. He’s doing his damndest (and I use the word carefully) to destabilize the consortium of strange political bedfellows so he can retain power. Because otherwise, he’s likely to be tried for some of his corrupt practices.
You can see why this character and Trump got along so well.
I can’t help but think that Bleibel, as a Lebanese cartoonist, is having a bit of schadenfreude here.
There are 3 separate corruption charges against Benjamin Netanyahu:
Case 1000: (Fraud and Breach of Trust) This case concerns the prime minister’s relationship with two businessmen: Arnon Milchan, an Israeli Hollywood film producer, and James Packer, an Australian billionaire. The value of the goods was approximately 700,000 shekels ($198,000; £162,000).
Case 2000: (Fraud and Breach of Trust) This case concerns meetings that Mr Netanyahu conducted with Arnon Mozes, a businessman and the controlling shareholder of the Yedioth Ahronoth media group, which publishes a leading Israeli newspaper. At the time of the last series of meetings, a legislative bill was being considered that would have limited the circulation of Israel Hayom, a free daily newspaper owned by the US casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, a longtime supporter of Mr Netanyahu.
Case 4000: (Bribery, Fraud, and Breach of Trust) This case concerns what the attorney general called a “reciprocal arrangement” created between Mr Netanyahu – who also held the post of communications minister from 2014 to 2017 – and Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder in Israel’s biggest telecommunications company Bezeq, which owned the news website Walla. Under the alleged arrangement, Mr Elovitch and his wife, Iris, “exerted substantial and continuing pressure” on the director-general of Walla to change its coverage in line with various demands made by Mr Netanyahu and members his family, the attorney general said.
In return, he claimed, Mr Netanyahu “used his powers and authorities as a public servant to promote matters in accordance with Mr Elovitch’s wishes” concerning Bezeq. “Mr Netanyahu… dealt on several occasions with regulatory matters pertaining to Mr Elovitch, and took specific actions that promoted significant business interests of Mr Elovitch of substantial financial value.”
(To be concluded)
The attorney general has charged Mr Elovitch and his wife with bribery, obstruction of justice and suborning a witness in connection with an investigation.