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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

When politicians get in trouble, they try changing the subject.

Israeli police recommended Netanyahu be charged with bribery and breach of trust. Will he be indicted and prosecuted for alleged crimes he’s accused of committing?

Are his days in power numbered? He won’t step down voluntarily. In a live Wednesday evening broadcast, he said he’ll “continue to lead Israel…”

Claiming he governs “responsibly and faithfully” is utter rubbish. So is calling Israel “a democratic society.” It’s a Ziofascist police state – the region’s greatest menace along with America’s presence.

According to Netanyahu, earlier investigations into his alleged wrongdoing “led to nothing,” adding “this time it will also lead to nothing.”

He claimed the current probe leading to police recommending he be charged on multiple counts is biased, calling “allegations” against him “false and ungrounded.”

Police accused him of acting “against the public interest,” accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in elicit gifts in return favors he sought for wealthy donors.

On Wednesday, police commissioner Roni Alsheich said “powerful people” gathered information about the probe into Netanyahu’s alleged wrongdoing, adding he’ll use every leak about the investigation to undermine police as biased and vengeful – whatever it takes to try avoiding indictment and prosecution.

If the case goes to court, he could lose and face prison time. In his Wednesday address, he failed to contradict police claims about his dubious activities.

He didn’t deny receiving expensive gifts or claim he didn’t seek legislation to benefit wealthy donors – nor deny pressing Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes for favorable coverage in return for legislation prohibiting distribution of the free daily Israel Hayom, YA’s main competitor.

He maintained his innocence while not refuting allegations against him. Claiming an attempted coup wants him removed from office, he failed to name alleged conspirators or their motivation.

The quote attributed to Lord Acton about power corrupting and absolute power corrupting absolutely applies to Netanyahu along with countless other public and private figures.

He’s damaged goods. Will key coalition ministers demand he step down – or will they support him and have to answer to the Israeli public why in the face of damning evidence against him.

Netanyahu is stalling for time. Will he try changing the subject? According to Israel’s Channel 10, classified Foreign Ministry cables were sent to 15 regime ambassadors, warning if Syrian CW spillover occurs in Golan, it “would require Israel to respond in the strongest possible terms.”

The cables claimed Iran may launch attacks on Israel. Syria’s CW weapons were destroyed, confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Damascus and Tehran don’t threaten Israel. Does Netanyahu have a possible false flag attack in mind, blaming Syria and/or Iran to distract attention from his own troubles?

Do Washington and Israel intend escalating regional aggression? Does Russian intelligence know about any possible aggressive schemes planned?

Will it intervene forcefully to stop or counter any if launched? Will Netanyahu risk greater regional war, unilaterally or jointly with Trump, to shift attention from possible indictment he faces?

Separately, French President Macron threatened to attack Syria if his government or allied ones claim Assad is using CWs, saying “(i)f (France) has reliable evidence that banned chemical weapons are being used against civilians, we will strike.”

“We will strike the places where these weapons are being used and where their use is organized. The red line will be respected.”

Throughout the war, Assad never used CWs. Do baseless accusations and threats from Washington, Israel and France indicate escalated aggression on Syria is coming?

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.