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This may not be the end of him, but this is what the beginning of the end would look like.
Yesterday, after a yearlong investigation, the Israeli police recommended that the Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit, indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on various counts of bribery. Netanyahu has responded with defiance, attacking the integrity of the police and implicitly exhorting Mandelblit, whom he appointed, to disregard the recommendations. “Nothing will have sway and nothing will sway me, not even the incessant attacks against me,” Netanyahu said. Indeed, his defiance has been building for some time. Last summer, as one investigation seemed to climax, Netanyahu, sounding eerily like Donald Trump, told a rally of three thousand supporters in Tel Aviv that the left and “the fake-news media” were engaged “in an obsessive, unprecedented witch hunt against me and my family.” They constituted “a massive and united chorus faintheartedly urging withdrawal from territories in our homeland.” The crowd broke out singing, “Bibi, King of Israel!” Oren Hazan, a Likud member of the Knesset, called the state prosecutor’s office “a stable that’s full of crap.”
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