In the world of Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, his own preliminary indictment on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, announced on February 28th, is nothing but a witch-hunt. Closet leftists in the deep state plot against him. The supreme court sacrifices Jewish values on the altar of universal ones. The generals running against him in the election are in cahoots with Arabs who want to destroy Israel. Journalists are trying to “lynch” him, and purvey “fake news”.
Sounds familiar? Mr Netanyahu is in many ways the prototype of the anti-establishment populist, rising to power long before Donald Trump in America, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines and the Five Star Movement in Italy. Unlike them, Mr Netanyahu has been in office so long that he is, in fact, the establishment.