Tuesday, February 13, 2018
The Cops Finally Came Knocking on Bibi's Door
They took their sweet time about it. Israeli police have recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on corruption and bribery charges.
Netanyahu angrily rejected the accusations, which included accepting nearly $300,000 US in gifts from a pair of billionaires. He accused police of being on a witch hunt, vowed to remain in office and even seek re-election.
"I will continue to lead the state of Israel responsibly and loyally as long as you, the citizens of Israel choose me to lead you," an ashen-faced Netanyahu said in a televised address. "I am sure that the truth will come to light. And I am sure that also in the next election that will take place on time I will win your trust again with God's help."
But with a cloud hanging over his head, he could soon find himself facing calls to step aside. During similar circumstances a decade ago, Netanyahu, as opposition leader, urged then-prime minister Ehud Olmert to resign during a police investigation, saying a leader "sunk up to his neck in interrogations" could not govern properly.