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Zev Chafets

How Netanyahu Keeps Israeli Voters Happy

All the leading electoral indicators are on his side, indictment or no indictment.
If they're happy, he's happy.

If they're happy, he's happy.

Photographer: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Benjamin Netanyahu has now been under investigation for more than a year. The police have given two members of his inner circle immunity. Perhaps these state’s witnesses know things that will be incriminating. Or not. It’s all under wraps for now.

In the meantime, the presumption of innocence is the Israeli prime minister’s first line of defense, and so far it is working. 2019 is an election year and Bibi intends to run, indictment or not. If you believe the 10 separate opinion polls conducted this month, he and his center-right coalition will very likely win and continue to govern.