I must admit that I tremble to dispute Yonah Jeremy Bob. He’s such a phenomenal writer on legal issues with such enormous knowledge. But I disagree when he writes that Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit gave in to pressure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to move a pre-indictment hearing for bribery charges from July 10 to October 2 and 3.
All this talk about Netanyahu making people do this or that. How about the idea that Mandelblit fell for reasonableness? He might have factored in that we might have new elections soon and he seems to have reason not to clear Netanyahu of anything before elections.
Speaking of which, I still think that in a week, political wizard Bibi will suddenly secretly talk to Blue and White to try quickly form a right-centrist government instead of going to the polls again so soon.
Or instead of President Rivlin giving the job to form a left-center coalition to the leader of Blue and White. That would be the very last which Bibi would want to happen.
Allow me to point out three special aspects of the accusations against Bibi. 1. Other than an earlier leader of government who was convicted, Bibi is not suspected of receiving cash-stashed envelops under the table. 2. All accusations are (malicious) constructs that if he did such or said so, who (friend or foe) may have benefitted from this? In court, it should be proven that these actions were designed to give these results. Good luck. 3. Among Bibi’s political enemies, there is this deeply wide-spread disturbing passion about the accusations. They just want him convicted. If he’s acquitted in all cases, will they breathe a sigh of relief? Bad stuff.
Contemplating any relation between accusations against Bibi and alleged misbehavior by others just muddles the playing field.
Last but not least, I want to stress that it’s unique how right under our noses, completely in the open, all Israelis are misled by the political system. We are not allowed to know Trump’s peace plan or Bibi’s political future before we vote. I don’t know why but clearly and openly we’re kept in the dark. And no one protests. That’s unity too, I guess.