Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu swamped by scandals

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu swamped by scandals

Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandleblit announced Friday that he is considering indicting Sara Netanyahu, wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,

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Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandleblit announced Friday that he is considering indicting Sara Netanyahu, wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for spending over $100,000 of government money on personal meals.

The nearing indictment is part of a quartet of corruption scandals linked to the Netanyahu family that threatens the career of Israel’s prime minister, despite the dominance of his right-wing Likud Party

As the fallout from the scandal grows, Bibi’s rhetoric has escalated, castigating the “elites”, “fake news” and “left-wing media” for supposedly smearing his character after failing to beat him at the polls.

Israelis are having none of it. Two-thirds of citizens, fewer than half of whom believe  he is innocent, want Netanyahu to step down if indicted. An indictment of either Sara or Bibi could well lead to a no confidence vote in the Knesset, triggering new elections. Although Netanyahu’s party remains popular— recent polls have it leading its nearest competitor by 10-20 seats—indictments of the Netanyahu family could lead to the Likud’s first loss since 2006.