Analysis Netanyahu Ignored the Lessons of History Regarding Wealthy Friends

In 2000, an Israeli statesman was forced to resign over the receipt of cash from wealthy businessmen. Will the prime minister suffer a similar fate in the ‘cigars and champagne’ gifts scandal?

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Graft doesn’t have to be in cash. Adulatory coverage in one of the most popular newspapers in a country is a perquisite that no politician could refuse without choking.