Corruption and conspiracies: the lies that bind our Zuma and Israel’s Bibi
In addition to facing graft trials, both are fond of trotting out the old ‘victim of conspiracy’ chestnut
At first blush, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu and our dethroned former president, Jacob Zuma, have zero in common. The one presides over one of the most successful economies in the world, the other drove ours into a ditch. Zuma is a staunch ally of the Palestinian cause; Netanyahu has made a career out of demonising his near neighbours.
But the current prime minister of Israel is facing a career-ending moment with the filing of corruption charges against him by his attorney-general last Thursday. And unless a new government can be formed in the next two weeks, with or likely without Netanyahu at its helm, then for the third time in one year Israel will head back to the polls.
In a neighbourhood characterised by strongman dictatorships, military autocrats and theocratic despots, it is refreshing that the much-criticised Jewish state at least allows its people to choose their government. Although in Israel’s case, the people’s choice remains indecisive, as the past two electoral deadlocks, in April and September, have proven...