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Three Things You Should Know about the Charges against Netanyahu by Tzippe Barrow

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JERUSALEM, Israel – Tuesday’s announcement by Israel Police recommending that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges came as no surprise to many in Israel. The speculation of a possible indictment had been in the news for more than a year.

Responses by politicians on the right, left and center fell along party lines. Members of Netanyahu’s coalition supported him, while the opposition parties did not.

Communications Minister Ayoub Kara tweeted, “I believe in his innocence and strengthen the hands of our prime minister – Benjamin Netanyahu. I am certain that the truth will come to light and that Netanyahu will be able to conclude this term as well as the next one.”

For many looking at this from a distance, it might seem surprising why and how Israel’s prime minister is facing a possible indictment.

Here’s three things to help understand the situation.

First of all, Netanyahu has not been indicted. Israel’s police, after a lengthy investigation, is recommending to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit that he should indict the prime minister. Yet it’s up to Mandelblit to either indict or drop the charges. This could take months…

…”The despicable move to carry out a coup against the will of the voter was revealed tonight,” Yariv said. “It is a disgrace that the main witness against Prime Minister Netanyahu is the politician Yair Lapid, who has been trying to replace him for years.”

“Over the past year, as the police investigations dragged on, investigators fed the media with a never-ending stream of negative leaks that all disparaged and vilified Netanyahu.”

According to Glick, during an hour-long television interview last week, Police Commissioner Roni Alscheich “made clear that he has a personal vendetta against Netanyahu and is prepared to overthrow his government.”

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