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Attorney General in the Crosshairs in Netanyahu's Calculated Manipulation

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A straight line connects the video posted Saturday night by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in which he claims that a decision to file an indictment against him would constitute a capitulation by Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit to the left and to journalists, and his baseless attack on the interview Mendelblit gave to Israel Television News. Netanyahu has decided to challenge Mendelblit’s credibility and to delegitimize him with slander, to try to undermine the public’s confidence in his decision should he decide to prosecute Netanyahu.

“The choice to cooperate with such a program, at such a time, is unprecedented in Israeli legal history and raises serious questions,” Netanyahu said. But this is a calculated manipulation. He is aiming to raise questions among the public about the attorney general, when it isn’t Mendelblit’s comments that are........

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