Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu is making a show of strength as he dismisses his opponents. However, considering all the issues he is currently facing with multiple charges in multiple cases and now three confidantes turning state's witnesses the confidence rings a bit hollow. Both Ha'aretz and the Jerusalem Post have written about concerns that he may hold an early election so he can shore up his space as head of state of Israel in advance of the forthcoming charges.
Bibi, as he is affectionately known by many, has found himself in a bit of a quandary. In addition to the charges of corruption, fraud and bribery associated with trying to buy positive press there is the fact that his Likud party is forced to attempt to gain the support of the ultra-Orthodox. This comes just months after he was ordering the use of water cannons and skunk spray to disperse protesting Hassidic Jews after Netanyahu's coalitional government proposed that Hassids could not escape conscription into the army despite religious objections. So I guess you could say he has his work cut out for him there.
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In addition to all this, there's the fact that a growing anti-Zionist movement is growing among the youth in Israel. More and more people worldwide are realizing the realities of the Apartheid state. Even at home amongst "friends" in the government things aren't going that well, Jerusalem Post puts it pretty bluntly:
<blockquote>Netanyahu was due to meet late on Monday with Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman to save his government, after he pleaded with his coalition partners to stay together in a speech to the Knesset. Yisrael Beytenu has not reached an agreement with Netanyahu about the haredi-enlistment bill that would allow Liberman’s party to stay in the coalition.
“In order to continue our great achievements, and to stand up to the great challenges before us, we need to continue together,” Netanyahu told the Knesset.</blockquote>
I'm going to go out on a limb here with a prediction though. Bibi is going to arrange snap elections before they are scheduled for 2019 or he will seek asylum in the US to escape prosecution (maybe even both) and both of these things will happen by or before mid-Summer. Clocks ticking, Netty…