JERUSALEM – A senior aide to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu threatened the attorney general on Wednesday – the same day an apparent Bibi supporter attacked the daily Ha’aretz, a mainstay of liberal Israeli journalism – as the country seemed to grow from a start-up nation to a mafia state.
Miki Zohar, Netanyahu’s coalition whip and one of the prime minister’s closest men, threatened to release incriminating data on Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, the man who indicted Netanyahu last November, said he is not resigning or canceling Netanyahu’s trial, which opened in May. Netanyahu is accused of corruption, fraud and breach of trust.
The threat follows an embarrassing leak released Tuesday by right-wing political analyst Amit Segal, in which Mandelblit was heard in 2015 calling State Attorney Shai Nitzan a “manic.”
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