An attempted coup has been launched against the rule of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with the Israeli Attorney General announcing the indictment of the Prime Minister on multiple highly questionable charges and a rival within the ruling Likud party declaring a primary challenge to Netanyahu.
“This is what they call a personal investigation. A personal investigation on steroids. They’re spilling my blood and the blood of my wife and children,” Netanyahu stated in his condemnation of what he described as an “attempted coup”.
“I will not allow lies to win. I will continue to lead this country, according to the letter of the law.”
Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelbilt has announced that Netanyahu will be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust, just a day after General Benny Gantz, the shadowy deep state figure leading the Israeli opposition, announced he was unable to form a government. Gantz’s decision paved the way for new elections. The timing of Mandelbilt’s indictment is therefore a clear attempt to undermine and potentially altogether disqualify Netanyahu prior to the elections.
Immediately following Mandelbilt’s announcement, Gideon Sa’ar, a key figure within the moderate wing of the Likud party, declared that he would seek a primary challenge to Netanyahu’s leadership of the party, in order to form a unity government with General Gantz. Sa’ar, who has been described by the Prime Minister’s son, Yair Netanyahu, as a “rapist”, is close with the left-leaning Israeli mainstream media, where his wife works as a news presenter.
This latest move by the Israeli deep state certainly calls into question whether Netanyahu will continue as Prime Minister of Israel. Although he has pushed for a bill to allow him immunity from prosecution, it currently lacks the legislative support to pass the Knesset. Should Gantz, Sa’ar and Mandelbilt succeed with their plan, Israel’s right-wing government may be replaced by a collection of centrist liberal elites with close ties to the country’s deep state.