In US, Netanyahu indictment seen as cross-Atlantic version of Trump saga

One is facing impeachment proceedings that could see him removed from office. The other is being charged with bribery and fraud, and fighting for his political life.

As Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced Thursday that he would charge Prime Minister Netanyahu with criminal wrongdoing in three separate corruption cases, supporters and critics of US President Donald Trump across the Atlantic were quick to point at parallels between the two cases, drawing battle lines for and against Netanyahu.

“Netanyahu is accused of accepting bribes, trading government favors, and manipulating a free press,” tweeted Massachusetts Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren, shortly after the charges were announced.

“Like his pal Donald Trump, he’ll stop at nothing to enrich himself and stay in power. This blatant corruption has no place in any democracy — I’ll fight it at home and abroad.”

“No, do NOT step down, Prime Minister Netanyahu,” tweeted right-wing talk radio host Mark Levin. “I’ve carefully reviewed these charges and they’re outrageous. This is an assault on freedom of the press and the investigation was corrupt. And your media is ever worse than ours.”