Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has had a rough year. He has failed to reclaim the Prime Minister position in two elections this year and is now facing jail time on charges of bribery and corruption.

It is a shame that he is having to go through all of this; he has been a great ally to the United States and has helped us in battling terrorism and defending against Iran.

It appears that similar forces to those trying to take down President Trump are trying a similar tactic against Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel.

The Attorney General of Israel, Avichai Mandelbit, has indicted Netanyahu for allegedly accepting expensive gifts in exchange for political favors and making deals to get good press coverage.

The BBC reported, “Mr. Madelbilt insisted he was not politically motivated but had acted professionally to uphold the law…

Whatever the case, this isn’t certainly is unchartered territory. It’s the first time a sitting prime minister in Israel has been indicted with criminal charges. And it comes in the midst of an unprecedented political stalemate.”

A possible third election may take place this year to decide who the next Israeli Prime Minister will be.

Last month, the Jerusalem Post reported, “While the parties have said publicly that they want a unity government, behind closed doors, sources in the negotiations do not see a path to a coalition.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz has 21 days left to form a government before the mandate to do so goes to the Knesset, which will then have 21 days for a majority of its members to back a candidate for prime minister. If that does not happen, a third election within a year will be called.

A senior Blue and White source said there has been almost no substance in their meetings with Likud so far, but he hoped they would delve into the political issues on Thursday. He said the Likud’s insistence that Netanyahu be prime minister first in a rotation was a nonstarter as long as Gantz has the mandate to form a government.”

Netanyahu is not backing down.

He told the nation in a televised address that, “You would have to be blind not to see that something bad is happening with the police and the prosecution because tonight we are witnessing an attempted government coup against the prime minister through blood libels and a biased investigation process.”

He said that the timing “highlights how much this decision is tainted by extraneous considerations, aiming to bring down a right-wing prime minister…This process which culminated today is appalling. I’m not the only one appalled. Many of Israel’s citizens are also appalled, and not only who those who are right-wing.”

Conservative radio host Mark Levin has called the charges against Netanyahu a “disgrace”

He then went on to compare the media in Israel to the media in the United States

He said that there is a “pack mentality, which is a problem in modern journalism and a lot free societies. It exists clearly in Israel. And in the US, there is the same thing- very little circumspection and very little self- policing.

It’s getting ugly in Israeli politics. Time will tell if Benjamin Netanyahu can survive these charges.