A touch of desperation, perhaps a bit near panic, entered the Likud campaign when polls showed that they were defeated on equal terms by rival Benny Gantz's centrist blue-and-white party until Tuesday's vote.
Polls show that Netanyahu needs every right and right-wing extremist voice he can receive.
In three cases that may have led to his indictment, "Bibi" Netanyahu was referred to as "Teflon PM". ̵
He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and denounced the investigation as a media-led "witch-hunt".
But some of the alleged villains at home have begun to remain so its campaign has begun emphasizing Netanyahu's position as a major actor on the world stage.
Benjamin Netanyahu's Facebook page contains an intoxicating video montage of his meeting with US President Donald Trump, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While moving happily through the world's capitals and less famous (or Less enthusiastic) heads of government, he shows himself on posters with Putin, Trump and Modi next to the slogan "A separate league".
His pitch is clear.
Read more about Sam Kiley's analysis here.