Benjamin Netanyahu faces a complicated electoral appointment in April: he arrives with the ballast of the announcement of his imputation for corruption and with a new and well-known rival, Beni Gantz, but it seems he has an ace up his sleeve: he has Donald Trump to give it one last push in the campaign.
The alliance is not disguised: last month Netanyahu (nicknamed in the country Bibi) spread in his social networks a giant poster placed in Tel Aviv that showed him shaking hands with the president of the United States under the legend: "Netanyahu plays in another league ", and the message was retweeted by Trump himself.
Yesterday and today, just twenty days before the elections, the head of the Israeli Government has received in Jerusalem in all respects the Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, who has unhesitatingly added to his speech against Iran and has reminded the public Israeli that Bibi "and President Trump have an exceptional working relationship."
Both walked and were photographed in the old city of Jerusalem, located in what the international community considers occupied Palestinian territory.
In parallel to this visit, the White House announced yesterday that the next Monday and Tuesday, two weeks of the vote, Trump will receive Bibi in Washington, not just one day, but two.
The Israeli will also have another important scenario there to convey his electoral message at the AIPAC conference, where other political leaders will also speak, however, it has not been reported that they have been invited to shake hands with the White House tenant.
"Consciously or not, President Donald Trump has been recruited for the Israeli electoral campaign," the digital newspaper "Times of Israel" claimed days ago in an article about the huge cartel with both leaders, which according to users of the networks was made with a photo retouched to show the two at the same height, although the American is clearly taller.
In addition, several Israeli media opened today with the news that the US could announce next week its recognition of the occupied Syrian territory of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, citing official sources in Jerusalem and Washington unidentified.
If carried out, it would be a new boost for Netanyahu, who has long demanded this measure from the international community and who visited the region this month with US Senator Lindsey Graham and Ambassador David Friedman.
In a sign that things can go in that direction, last week, in its annual report on human rights, the State Department for the first time stopped using the phrase "occupied by Israel" to define the Golan, and changed the expression to "controlled by Israel".
The newspaper "Jerusalem Post" was recently asked in the headline of an article: "Is Trump campaigning for Netanyahu?", And quoted an American academic and former diplomat in Israel, Dan Arbell, who says that "with these photo opportunities , the Trump Administration is showing that it favors Netanyahu. "
A support perhaps more necessary than ever, because it is facing some of its most complicated electoral appointments, for the first time against a rival who has managed to overcome him in voting intentions in several polls: the former chief of staff Gantz, who has a impeccable image and is widely valued by the population.
In addition, Netanyahu is touched, after in February the state attorney general (appointed by him) announced that he will charge him in three cases of corruption with charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust.
And, last night, the Hahadashot news channel said that the Prosecutor's Office is also investigating for profits obtained in investments in a steel company related to another company with which Bibi promoted a purchase of submarines (unnecessary for the military establishment).
Hours before the announcement of his indictment in February, Trump declared that he "does not know his internal problems" and did not avoid throwing a cloak on him, saying that what he can say is that Netanyahu "has done a great job as prime minister. he's smart, he's strong. "
Hours after the announcement of the Prosecutor's Office was made public, Bibi appeared before the media to defend himself and to qualify the accusation of "witch-hunts". Among his first words was the thanks to his "friend Trump" and the vindication that his strong relations with leaders like Trump and Putin have benefited the security of Israel. A letter that he uses without shame in these elections.