Accusations on Benjamin Netanyahu Reveal Extent of Corruption in Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hailed the charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in three different cases in an attempt of government takeover against him. Showing an aggressive approach in a press release, Netanyahu promised to not resign from the leadership of the country.

During the press release, he blamed the judiciary, police, and investigators for making “politically motivated” planning against him and forcing the witnesses to lie as well. He said, “I will not let the lie triumph. I will continue to lead the country, according to the letter of the law. In this tainted process, the investigators weren’t after the truth, they were after me.”

“Law enforcement is not a choice. It is not a matter of right or left. It’s not a matter of politics,” Benjamin Netanyahu added.

On the other hand, allegations against the Israeli Prime Minister prove that corruption exists in the Israeli politics. While the judiciary in the country is considered to be least affected by corruption, the same cannot be said about the private sector of the country.

The charges introduced on Netanyahu, the leader of Likud – National Liberal Movement, include bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in several cases namely, Case 1000, Case 2000 and Case 4000.

Netanyahu has been under scrutiny since December 2016 when Case 1000 opened officially in December 2016. And since then, he has been accused of several other cases like Case 2000, Case 3000, Case 4000 and Case 1270, which is the byproduct of case 4000.

While Benjamin Netanyahu is not currently a suspect in Case 3000, he is facing accusations in Case 1000 and Case 2000. Furthermore, he is facing all three charges of bribery, as well as fraud and breach of trust in the Case 4000.

From the time these charges were imposed, not a single concrete action has been taken either by the judiciary or other authorities. Not only has this led to possibilities of corruption in the government but also led to speculations of the Prime Minister’s involvement activities.

Due to the recent accusations and continuous struggle to end the deadlock and form a government, it seems Benjamin Netanyahu will continue to struggle for some more time, especially since the country is now moving towards the path of another election.

As the country heads towards another election, there will be extended wastage of taxpayer’s money. Moreover, the third elections will result in payments for government projects being frozen and possibilities of new road and rail projects will be put on hold. Consequently, the currency might witness a drop due to 4 percent increase in budget deficit.

Will Benjamin Netanyahu leave the office of Prime Minister or would these accusations prove to be baseless or would Likud be able to get a majority, especially in the wake of these recent accusations and struggles? Only the future can answer several of the questions posed above.

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