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Israel v. Netanyahu: The real letter of indictment

The damaging strategic policy decisions made by indicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are even more criminal than the corruption-related charges for which he has been indicted, causing damage to Israel's defense and diplomacy.
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“I have given my life for our state,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in his nationally televised response to three criminal indictments being issued against him Nov. 22. “I have fought for it, been wounded for it, and am fighting for it in recent years both in international arenas and here in order to turn us into a world power,” the accused testified in his defense, as if a character witness in the sentencing phase of his own trial. Netanyahu further stated that not only should he not relinquish his position, but that he would lead the state “responsibly, with devotion, while ensuring the security and future of us all.”

Netanyahu’s place in history is already guaranteed as the first incumbent prime minister to be indicted on criminal charges. The accusations against him, however, pale in comparison to the long list of criminal strategic actions and missteps he has committed against the state, in the process abandoning the security and future of its citizens. Each count on the list of violations is egregious in itself. The synergy created by the combination of Netanyahu’s strategic “crimes” and their impact overshadows the actual criminal indictments against him

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