Republicans in this country should be very nervous about why and how Netanyahu has been indicted for bribery and fraud, with no quid pro quo and no deal. The very arguments Republicans have been making in defense of Trump.
As our President looks to be certain to be only the third president to be impeached and certainly the first to be impeached for betraying the United States, President Trump’s and the entire Republican party’s buddy Benjamin Netanyahu is also making history as the first prime minister in Israeli history to be indicted while still in office.
Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister, Netanyahu, has been indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Your basic Corruption Grab Bag.
“Netanyahu has previously denied any wrongdoing and has said he is the victim of a politically orchestrated “witch hunt” by the media and the left,” NBC News reported drolly, letting the reader make the connection.
Netanyahu got into this trouble by accepting $264,000 worth of gifts from rich people and dispensing favors in return for better news coverage from an Israeli paper and website, something this country can’t relate to at all as our own president is currently the center of an impeachment inquiry into much larger corruption like bribing an entire country.
The Jerusalem Post made the point that an indictment for bribery could bring Netanyahu down even if he did not step down of his own accord, “As early as 2017-2018, the Jerusalem Post received multiple indications that an indictment for bribery could bring down Netanyahu even if he did not voluntarily step down, and that this serious consequence was part of what was making the investigatory process take longer.”
Also, the charge itself is for acting in situations in which he had a conflict of interest, “since no actual quid pro quo could be proven.” (Ah, how fate does love irony.)
“In Case 1000, Netanyahu is accused of receiving hundreds of thousands of shekels in gifts from rich tycoons, mostly from Arnon Milchin, in exchange for a variety of help with business and personal-legal initiatives. The charge itself is for acting in situations in which Netantahu (sic) had a conflict of interest, since no actual quid pro quo could be proven.”
Furthermore, Netanyahu was accused of working a deal to get positive coverage for himself. “The deal never went through, but the law has crimes of attempted bribery and breach of trust which can apply even if a deal does not go through.”
Yeah. It’s almost poetry.
Surprise! “Witch hunt” is code for “I did it and they caught me, oh and bribery!” in some political circles. And “No quid pro quo” and “No deal” are worthless defenses.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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