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March 8, 2018 2:51 pm

Not Indispensable, But Also Not Easily Replaced

avatar by Jonathan S. Tobin / JNS.org


Israeli PM Netanyahu addresses the 2018 AIPAC Policy Conference. Photo: Reuters/Brian Snyder.

JNS.org – For Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s legion of critics, it was all just a big distraction from the main event. As far as they are concerned, Netanyahu’s trip to Washington, DC, was just a break from reality. With new corruption charges being lodged against him by the police and with former staffers turning state’s evidence, the prime minister’s enemies are sure that the end of their nemesis is in sight. That’s why they are quick to dismiss his warm embrace by the Trump administration and the ecstatic reception he received at the annual AIPAC conference as nothing but theatrics that won’t help him escape the legal peril that seems to be inexorably closing in on him.

They may be right. The initial charges about Netanyahu taking cigars and champagne from rich friends, as well as his futile talks with a publisher about trying to get better media coverage, seem trivial and unlikely to ever result in a conviction. But the newer accusations about other alleged influence-peddling plots seem serious. More to the point, if the police are determined to criminalize every political transaction the premier or his wife has engaged in over the past nine years, it may be inevitable that sooner or later, they might discover something that will stick.

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