With the pandemic as an excuse, Netanyahu postponed his March 17 trial, and his allies have frozen Israel's parliament. He was a caretaker ruling by default—now he rules by fiat.
Noga Tarnopolsky is GlobalPost's Senior Correspondent in Israel and Palestine. She has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post and Ha'aretz among other publications. Follow her at www.globalpost.com and on Twitter at @ntarnopolsky.
Purim celebrations have been canceled already.
The majority Netanyahu expected in the Knesset never materialized. But another majority pulled together to block an indicted politician like him from forming a government.
From a rabbi’s secret recording to a supposed sex tape, there was nothing the indicted Netanyahu wouldn’t try. And the election outcome? Still two seats short in the Knesset.
Netanyahu was about to join Trump for the breathlessly awaited “Ultimate Deal” for Mideast peace when he gave up the fight for parliamentary immunity rather than lose the vote.
Putin turned Jerusalem’s Auschwitz commemoration into a triumphant spectacle publicly asserting his role as the new face of power in the Middle East.
They are part of an exhibition to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
“The assassination of Soleimani isn’t an Israeli event but an American event. We were not involved,” he reportedly said, according to ministers who spoke with Israeli press.
Bibi’s party, the Likud, will be running an indicted candidate who’s twice lost and wants only one thing: legal immunity, which the voters hate.