All leaders in the Western world are subject to continuous invasive scrutiny by the press, especially if they are right-wing, since the media is predominately liberal. This is true of Pres. Trump in the US, PM Theresa May in the UK and PM Netanyahu in Israel. In Netanyahu’s case the investigators have come up with several potential cases that have been headlined ad nauseam for months. Here is a list of the potential cases:
- The Submarine Affair: This involves the sale to Israel by Germany of several submarines, but the lawyer David Shimron, who represented the Israeli buyer, is now known to have received a large kick-back from the German company Thyssen-Krupp. It also turns out that the lawyer is also Netanyahu’s personal lawyer, thus throwing suspicion on him, although until now he has not been implicated in any wrongdoing.
- Case 1000, which involves Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan, who was supposedly asked to purchase luxury items for Netanyahu and his wife. In this case the amount of goods involved amounts to several thousand dollars.
- Case 2000, in which Netanyahu is accused of concocting a deal with Arnon Mozes, the publisher of the mass-circulation daily Yediot Ahronot, to ensure positive reporting about himself.
- Bribery and corruption: There was another case involving payments by American Friends of Likud that benefited Netanyahu. His Chief Adviser at that time Ari Harow, who has been implicated in several suspected cases of bribery and corruption, has been reported recently to have turned State’s witness. Although this must be presumably against his former boss, Harow has gone public to deny that he would give any incriminating evidence against Bibi.
The current situation is producing rumor and innuendo, much like in the US against Pres. Trump. Some rivals in Likud are already preparing themselves to challenge Bibi. But, the extent of the evidence against the PM and the lack of seriousness of some of the supposed charges leave the situation so far up in the air. On the other hand, it was a similar situation of several seemingly not so serious cases that ruined the career of former PM Olmert, who became the first Israeli PM to go to jail. Notably there is also a case pending against Sara Netanyahu for petty use of government services for private purposes. All this smacks of political character assassination.