World In Israel, Netanyahu less worried about the judges than about the vote

11:40  10 february  2021
11:40  10 february  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Benjamin Netanyahou avec ses avocats, lundi 8 février 2021, à la reprise de son procès pour corruption à Tel-Aviv. © Reuven Castro / UPI / MAXPPP Benjamin Netanyahu with his lawyers, Monday February 8, 2021, at the resumption of his trial for corruption in Tel Aviv.

The trial for corruption of the Israeli Prime Minister took over. But it should hardly influence the legislative elections of March 23, 2021. However, this is the vote Netanyahu is banking on to get out of the woods.

A Prime Minister tried for corruption while still in office and with less than a month and a half of legislative elections! This is a rarity offered by democracy in Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu briefly appeared on Monday, February 8, 2021, alongside industrialists and press bosses, who, like him, plead not guilty. Bibi faces up to ten years in prison after a trial that is expected to last for months.

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Three cases including € 177,000 in luxury gifts

In two cases, he is accused of attempting to cash in on favorable media coverage in exchange for government favors for their owners. In the third case, Netanyahu, his wife and son are suspected of having received € 177,000 worth of luxury gifts in return, again, for favors.

"Political conspiracy"

Enough to seal Bibi's campaign, forty-five days before the legislative elections? Probably not. Like Tel Aviv restaurateur Shimon, Bibi supporters believe their champion is the victim of a political plot in which the justice system is complicit.

"He's the one who brought in the vaccine"

For Shimon, who almost went out of business because of the Covid, there is more important: The leftists are complaining, but they are glad that we have defeated the virus. And thanks to whom? Bibi! He was the one who brought in the vaccine. Express vaccination campaign, peace agreements with four new Arab countries… the Prime Minister's record is rather positive. His party, Likud, remains stable in the polls with a quarter of the 120 seats in the Knesset.

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The left sluggish

Despite the thousands of Israelis who demonstrate every week to demand Netanyahu's resignation, the left remains sluggish at the polls. For these fourth legislative elections in two years, the suspense is elsewhere: is a figure capable of emerging to beat the pawn in Bibi, within the electorate, overwhelmingly in the majority, which ranges from the center to the far right?

Eyes are on Gideon Sa’ar and Naftali Bennett, two former allies. The first slammed the door of Likud to build his own right-wing list; the second, angry to death with Bibi, represents a harsher right, nationalist and religious, linked to the colonists.

"Bibi" the magician

But Netanyahu, who can always count on the ultra-Orthodox parties, is a magician. He is launched into a tightrope walk act, in an attempt to attract the votes of one, without compromising the support of the other, when a majority is needed… At the end of the day, a possible jackpot: a law of immunity which would protect him.

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