In Defense of Bibi: Accusers
By: David Israel
Date: July 14, 2019
Or, with whom I share five Facebook friends who are all pretty much moderate
rightwingers, on Friday posted a much-needed note which is worth studying. I
give him full credit for this note, even though every single item in it is
the extent of the accusations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Or asks
and provides a succinct list, which, when read at a stretch is not all that
1,000: helping Israeli billionaire Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan to extend his
US visa — something countless public servants do for their constituents every
day; File 2,000: convincing Yedioth publisher Arnon (Noni) Mozes he, Netanyahu,
would accept a bribe in the form of better coverage, and violating his trust by
taping the exchange; File 3,000: The German submarines affair, in which
Netanyahu is not a suspect; and File 4,000, in which Netanyahu is accused of
giving regulatory benefits to Bezeq in exchange for somewhat supportive articles
in Walla News – said benefits having been approved and signed by the Attorney
General, the deputy head of the Shin Bet, and all senior officials in the
Communications Ministry and senior Treasury officials.
4,000, incidentally, is based on an expanded definition of those “regulatory
benefits.” There was no legal precedent for that until the prosecution
decided to pin it on the PM.
juxtaposes the above case summaries which any competent defense attorney could
easily hit out of the ballpark, with the accusations against Netanyahu’s foes
(the text is a translation of his post):
Barak: partners with a convicted human-trafficker and pedophile who paid Barak
around $3 million through the Wexner Foundation, for a never-published research.
Gantz: according to the State Comptroller, deceived the police and received a
contract worth around $1 million without a tender.
Lapid: transferred around $10 million to the Ayalim association without a
tender, and two months later received funding for a student conference at the
expense of the same association. The same man who promoted the Israel Hayom bill
after meeting in secret with [that newspaper’s chief competitor] Noni Moses.
And who as finance minister transferred NIS 1.5 million (around $400 thousand)
to breweries, one of which belongs to his senior advisor and advertising man.
Liberman: whose daughter received millions of shekels for consulting global
companies even before she turned 21 – the age when one can order beer in the
said, nothing here is new. The only point Tal Or is making has to do with the
fact that police and the prosecution have been after Netanyahu for relatively
minor sins, while turning a blind eye on his fierce opponents. Just a reminder,
as we head into Netanyahu’s October hearing with the prosecution.