Netanyahu is desperately trying to twist the indictment as a leftist political tactic to diminish his standing before the election, but this remains a questionable narrative considering the indictment comes from Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, a former aide to Netanyahu. While party opinion polls look favourable to Netanyahu, personal opinion polls see Netanyahu tied with his main rival Benny Gants, prompting Gantz to call on Netanyahu to resign. Many analysts, such as Martin Indyk of the Brookings Institute, have recognised this as posing “a real challenge” to Netanyahu, and Trumps effort to interfere with Israeli popular opinion by recognising Golan Heights as Israeli territory reflects this clearly.
Such a large and destabilising manipulation of the political narrative is a clear effort to sway the election in Netanyahu’s favour, but the widespread negative press and international criticism may prove this to still not be enough for this year's re-elections following the inability of Likud to form a coalition government in April. However in regard to the indictment itself, it is a positive that justice is being done in Israel and corruption is being questioned, if Netanyahu is innocent he has nothing to fear. But if his wife’s indictment, and the numerous controversies surrounding his career are anything to go by this case may be more of a hurdle than the elections for Netanyahu.