Netanyahu 'needs to have an enemy' says Israeli journalist

Akiva Eldar says Israeli premier stokes fears to divert attention from corruption cases 

Netanyahu 'needs to have an enemy' says Israeli journalist

World Bulletin / News Desk

Amid mounting allegations of criminal impropriety targeting Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli journalist Akiva Eldar said the Israeli premier was seeking to spread fear within society to divert attention.

“Netanyahu is like [U.S.] President Ronald Reagan for instance or President Donald Trump,” Eldar, Al-Monitor columnist and former U.S. bureau chief for the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview.

“He needs to have an enemy. If there is no enemy, he will invent it. Otherwise, he cannot survive in power," he said.

Prime Minister Netanyahu now has been facing growing calls for him to resign, shortly after police on Feb. 13 recommended that he should be indicted for alleged corruption -- echoing the fate of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert who resigned in 2009 after being indicted for corruption.

After a 14-month investigation into two cases of fraud allegations, Israeli police recommended that Netanyahu be indicted on charges of bribery and breach of trust.

Describing corruption as "the enemy of democracy and Jewish values", Eldar noted that the purpose of fomenting fear was to make Israelis feel that they need him for protection from Palestinians, Iran and Syria.

"So if it is not Palestinians or Iran, Bibi [Netanyahu's nickname] will have somebody else," said Eldar.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Şubat 2018, 12:31