Possible Indictment May Give Netanyahu’s Rival an Edge, Polls Show
According to two surveys conducted after Israel’s attorney general announced his intention to indict Netanyahu, a coalition led by Netanyahu’s Likud may fall short of gaining the necessary majority to form a government
According to Kan’s survey, Netanyahu’s Likud is poised to take 29 seats in parliament, while its main adversary, the newly formed centrist party Blue and White led by Benny Gantz, the Israeli military’s former chief of staff, is poised to get 37 seats. Channel 13 gave Netanyahu’s and Gantz’s parties 30 and 36 seats, respectively.
Responding to a question concerning the charges against Netanyahu presented in a press conference in Hanoi hours before Mandelblit’s announcement, U.S. President Donald Trump said that while he is unfamiliar with the details of the investigation, he believes Netanyahu has done a “great job as prime minister.” The U.S. President further called Netanyahu “tough,” “smart,” and “strong.”
First embracing right-wing extremism. Now manipulating a free press, accepting bribes, and trading government favors. The allegations against Prime Minister Netanyahu are serious and cut to the heart of a functioning democracy. https://t.co/2oog96eirN— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 28, 2019
After meeting with Netanyahu in Moscow on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a press conference Thursday that the Israeli prime minister has had a significant role in strengthening the ties between the two countries. “We hope that despite internal political events, the pre-election situation, no matter how it unfolds, continuity will be preserved in the development of Russian-Israeli relations,” Putin said, according to an official English translation released by the Kremlin.