The fact that he failed is a badge of honor for the State of Israel.
But a badge of honor isn’t an insurance policy against what comes next. Criminal defendants always choose aggression or modesty; either they attack the court, or they ask for compassion. Netanyahu chose the first strategy. In a speech delivered outside the courthouse, he called on his supporters to take to the streets in protest against a judicial system he says is “controlled by the left and the media.” While senior ministers and Knesset members stood like wax dolls behind him, with masks covering their mouths, Netanyahu accused the police and prosecution of setting him up, claimed that the case against him is purely political, and declared that this was a struggle of the old liberal elite against the rule of the right. He’s experienced enough to