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Will the Witnesses Fund Netanyahu's Defense?

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That Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit is inclined to permit Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept funds from two wealthy individuals, Spencer Partridge and the prime minister’s cousin Nathan Milikowsky, to fund his legal defense (Haaretz, June 8), does serious damage to the standards of integrity for public servants. If Mendelblit approves the practice, it would amount to a moral collapse, destruction of the remaining norms of public conduct, and inflict real damage to the legal proceedings being pursued against Netanyahu.

The prime minister, like other public servants, is only permitted to draw a salary and other benefits from the public treasury. Netanyahu, who charges almost all of his family’s expenses at the official residence and at his private residence to the public purse, knows this well. The rules of ethics that........

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