Israel’s attorney general has now formally charged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a series of corruption cases, throwing the country’s paralyzed political system into further disarray and threatening the long-time leader’s grip on power.
Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit charged Netanyahu with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in three different scandals.
It is the first time a sitting Israeli prime minister has ever been charged with a crime.
Allegations against Netanyahu include suspicions he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars of champagne and cigars from billionaire friends.
And that he offered to trade favors with a newspaper publisher and used his influence to help a wealthy telecom businessman in exchange for favorable coverage on a popular news site.
The indictment does not require Netanyahu to resign but is expected to raise pressure on him to step down.
Netanyahu has called the allegations part of a witch hunt, lashing out against the media, police, prosecutors and the justice system.
Netanyahu, 70, who in July became the longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history, now also has the distinction of being the first to be indicted while in office.
Yohanan Plesner, president of the Israel Democracy Institute, said that an October survey by the Institute found that a big majority of the public, about two-thirds, do not think a prime minister can serve and at the same time try to clear his name in court.
The first prosecution of a sitting Israeli premier deepens the political paralysis in a country that has already had two inconclusive elections this year, and may be headed to a third election.
And with Israel having failed to settle upon a new prime minister despite two elections and three attempts at forming a government since April, the criminal case against him could make it far more difficult for him to retain power.
Israel this year has entered into uncharted territory with the country in crisis and no clear path forward. And this leadership crisis could be the tipping point that turns Israel onto a path toward fulfilling the Last Days prophecies for Israel and the world.
The Biblical Prophecies (Daniel 2, Daniel 4, Psalm 75) foretell that it is the Lord God who is the Great Judge who puts down and raises up leaders, and that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever he will.
These events and conditions happening now are signs pointing to the nearing fulfillment of the Last Days prophecies at the end of this age revealing it’s time to prepare for the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ for His Church by being born again spiritually into the Kingdom of God as Jesus said we must (John 3) and His Apostles who were authorized (Matthew 16:19) described how (Acts 2).
Preparing those Biblically born again into the Kingdom of God to be ready to escape all the things that will come to pass, in the wrath of the tribulation of Revelation prophecy, that comes upon the world of disobedience. As the born again Church is not appointed unto wrath (1 Thessalonians 1:10) but instead to salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.
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