As the saying goes, power corrupts, and long-term power corrupts even more.
Often, as the saying goes, power corrupts, and long-term power corrupts even more. In Israel, this situation has been often characterized as the collusion of wealth, government and the media. Over the last two decades, the deterioration of the quality of governance in Israel has been pronounced: the former president, Moshe Katsav, has been just released from prison for rape and for sexual abuse; former prime minister Ehud Olmert is serving a 19-month prison sentence for bribery; Likud former Minister of Finance Avraham Hirschson was convicted of embezzling millions of shekels from the National Workers Labor Federation and financial abuses in the March of the Living, pocketing a cut from the donations to promote group visits to Auschwitz; and with 11 more ministers indicted; the long list goes on. Now, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces his turn again at the center of several criminal investigations. Channel 2 television in Israel reported in February that police were ‘likely to recommend’ an indictment of Netanyahu.
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