Israel: Parliament passed a law allowing the prime minister and defense minister to decide alone whether the nation will go to war. This puts Netanyahu firmly in the driver’s seat. If Netanyahu declares war, it is certain that the US will back Israel – which means that Netanyahu now can bring America into war. In a video recorded a number of years ago, Netanyahu says that Israel has 80% support from Americans and that America can easily be maneuvered.
The first charge against Netanyahu includes accusations of accepting expensive gifts, and the second charge is that he made a deal for favorable coverage by a major newspaper in exchange for a political favor. Netanyahu responded by saying the police recommendations have no place in democracy. [He is right, based on the understanding of the word democracy. In today’s world, democracy has come to mean elections in which the winners get everything, mob rule through the ballot box with no room for laws that protect the individual against the greed or passion of the majority.]
Israel: An estimated 20,000 people shouted “shame!” in protest against Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is accused of taking bribes from wealthy campaign contributors in exchange for political favors and for trying to block the investigation. Members of Netanyahu’s Likud party introduced legislation that would ban police from sharing the conclusions of their investigations with those in political office. This would effectively nullify the investigations regardless of outcome.