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Netanyahu’s racist rhetoric can’t hide cloud of corruption around him

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Tallha Abdulrazaq

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is desperately trying to stir up Israeli nationalist sentiment as he finds himself battling re-election, corruption scandals and now a spat with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Imagine being under so much pressure after being charged with corruption publicly before the eyes of your people. Imagine that the allegations that you have robbed your people are so bad (and so credible) that they may affect your chances at re-election next month.

Now imagine frantically scurrying about to try and make the accusatory glances of the people look away from your shameful behaviour and the fact that you took wealth from their pockets and put it into your own. That is the situation that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finds himself in as the Israeli attorney general prepares to indict him for three separate corruption investigations.

Politicians respond to such character-crippling allegations in a variety of ways. Some resign outright to spare themselves and their parties anymore embarrassment. Others insist on their innocence and fight to prove their case to restore the public’s trust in them. And then you have Netanyahu and his ilk who take the phrase “a good offence is the best defence” too far and decide to openly fling racist remarks casually across the internet to stir up populist Israeli nationalist........

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