When the late Jacob Weinroth, Benjamin Netanyahu’s attorney and confidant, suggested that his client take the money and run – that is, agree to a plea deal – the corruption cases involving favors for positive news coverage didn’t even exist yet. There was simply the lavish-gifts case.
Netanyahu could have gotten off with a fine and maybe even spared himself the stigma of moral turpitude. He could have retired from public life for a while, made some money for his family and come back. That didn’t happen. Maybe the family wasn’t keen about him admitting guilt, or about them leaving the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem.