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Zev Chafets

Why Bibi Netanyahu Will Never Go Quietly

The prime minister mistrusts the judicial system and knows he can rely on popular support to resist attempts to remove him from power. 

Going nowhere fast.

Going nowhere fast.

Photographer: Kommersant Photo/Kommersant

Benjamin Netanyahu “has done a great job as prime minister. He’s smart, strong and tough.” This is what Donald Trump told an Israeli reporter in Hanoi after it was announced that Netanyahu will be indicted (pending a personal hearing) on counts of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is also a fan. After meeting Bibi in Moscow, just a day before the Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit released his legal bombshell, Putin praised the fine bilateral relationship that has flourished. “We must acknowledge the Israeli leadership’s efforts, he said. “Prime Minister Netanyahu is working on this personally.”