Netanyahu is “a person who will sell out everyone and everything in order to stay in power.” - Ami Ayalon, the former head of Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service in The New Yorker
This infographic was inspired by David Remnick's excellent article in the New Yorker: "The Price of Netanyahu’s Ambition. Amid war with Hamas, a hostage crisis, the devastation of Gaza, and Israel’s splintering identity, the Prime Minister seems unable to distinguish between his own interests and his country’s."
See what other Israeli leaders have to say about Netanyahu? What are charges against him? Who are the right wing extremists in Netanyahu's cabinet? What in the connection between Jared and Charles Kushner to Netanyahu? How did Trump inflame tensions in the West Bank? How is Benjamin Netanyahu applying the Trump playbook to stay in power despite multiple indictments? Follow along with this relationship map.
Jewish supremacy—‘Mein Kampf’ in the opposite direction
Moshe Ya’alon, the defense minister from 2013 to 2016, told me that Netanyahu’s ideology is now “personal political survival,” adding that his coalition partners “don’t represent the vast majority of the Israeli people” and are “so messianic that they believe in Jewish supremacy—‘Mein Kampf’ in the opposite direction. They’ve taken Netanyahu hostage.” - New Yorker
Trump - Netanyahu: Siamese Twins
“The Trump and Netanyahu administrations have acted over the past term like Siamese twins in all things - Times Of Israel
- Their views on the rule of law
- Wild incitement against anyone not of their camp
- Spreading disgusting conspiracy theories
- Wild incitement against the free press
- Shattering the principle that one tells the truth
Who is funding Netanyahu?
"Netanyahu's list of millionaires - prepared by Benjamin Netanyahu then-opposition leader in 2007 provides peek into his fundraising industry in US. Officials include extreme rightists, people who got in trouble with law. This list of potential donors, which was prepared ahead of the 2007 primary elections... According to estimates, 98% of the funds donated to Netanyahu came from abroad." was published by the Yedioth Ahronoth daily.
Kushner family connection
"Charles Kushner is the father of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Donald Trump’s latest flurry of presidential pardons for allies included a family member, Charles Kushner, who was jailed 15 years ago for tax evasion, making illegal campaign donations and tampering with a witness, his brother-in-law, by orchestrating a sex tape with a prostitute and sending it to the man’s wife. - PressBolt News
Jared Kushner knew Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, who was friendly with his father, a real estate developer and donor to Israeli causes. Mr. Netanyahu had even stayed at the Kushners’ home in New Jersey, sleeping in Jared’s bedroom... Kushner is a mystery to most Middle Eastern officials. He has no experience in government or international affairs. His up-close exposure to the Arab world amounts to little more than trips to a handful of Persian Gulf countries and a star-studded jaunt to Jordan.
Mr. Kushner’s family has made donations to the Beit El settlement, which Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian leader who was involved in peace talks both with Israelis and internally finds particularly worrisome. “We need somebody who is really impartial, pointing out that it is unclear whether Mr. Kushner has ever visited a Palestinian area (the Trump White House would not say). “There is no indication he is interested in hearing from the other side.” - NY Times
TakeAway: No one is above the law. Hold politicians accountable for their crimes. Don't fall for the Trump playbook to stay out of jail.
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