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Wednesday, November 27, 2019 

The legal coup must cease

A rally was held at the Tel Aviv art museum plaza to oppose the phony indictment of prime minister Netanyahu:
Several thousand Israelis rallied on Tuesday in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he faces the gravest threat to his political survival after corruption charges and two failed elections.

[...] Israeli media put the number of demonstrators at about 2,000 to 3,000 people while Likud said 15,000 attended the rally.
It's no shock if the Israeli [leftist] media would downplay the figures. Anything to undermine the politician they most despise, that's them. Even the CBC.
"The legal establishment's goal is to topple an elected prime minister," said Ron Nahmani, 70, who had come to the protest. Addressing the crowd, Likud lawmaker Miki Zohar said the justice system was playing a part in a leftist conspiracy.
Legal systems aren't immune to corruption, and the way Mandelblit and company are now playing victim and acting defensively is atrocious as it is sad.

A writer at the Daily Wire says that, if an indictment takes place, it could endanger freedom of press:
The unprecedented designation by prosecutors of press coverage as a currency for bribery has far-reaching implications on the freedom of the press, and could curtail journalists’ ability to report the truth.

For example, the morning after Netanyahu’s indictment, several prominent journalists and editors called for Netanyahu’s immediate resignation, thereby creating public pressure for his removal. If Netanyahu resigns, and one of those journalists later receives some sort of benefit from the new government, such as an exclusive interview, then according to last week’s precedent, that journalist could be exposed to charges of bribery.

Another challenge to freedom of the press that arose from last week’s indictment relates to journalists’ complex, multi-layer relations with their sources — a process that certainly includes a lot of give and take. A journalist’s interaction with sources, including politicians, is now suddenly under scrutiny — criminal scrutiny! With such restrictions, it is possible that many journalists’ headline-grabbing exposures, such as Watergate, would have not been uncovered.

There are those in Israel who dismiss this by arguing that the indictment has nothing to do with freedom of the press, but rather with Netanyahu’s corruption. For decades, alas, Israeli prosecutors and investigators sought to find wrongdoing by Netanyahu and his family. “This is the best they could come up with,” explained one commentator about the prime minister’s indictment. Decades of searching for misconduct now resulting in such a bizarre charge could paradoxically be interpreted by some as a testament to Netanyahu’s integrity. Indeed, many around the world were quick to condemn the Israeli prosecutor’s action. For example, Mark Levin tweeted: “I’ve carefully reviewed these charges and they’re outrageous. This is an assault on freedom of the press and the investigation was corrupt.”
And that's why the investigators are the ones who should be under investigation, for wasting tons of resources over petty accusations. This is precisely why mass resignations from the bar association are now decidedly in order, since these disgraceful people don't deserve to be working in their line of "profession", and don't deserve the salaries they're getting.

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