"The time has come to investigate the investigators."

Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacting to news he is the first sitting Israeli PM to face criminal charges.

  • Last week, he was charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust for widespread corruption.
  • The indictment comes as Israel inches toward holding its third election in less than a year after Netanyahu has twice failed to form a coalition.
  • Why it matters: Israel remains the only democracy in the Middle East and an important American ally.