#AceNewsReport – Nov.22: Netanyahu rejected what he called “false accusations” that were “politically motivated” In a televised address late Thursday, he said: “Tonight we are witnessing an attempted government coup against the prime minister through blood libels and a biased investigation process”……………………”I, as opposed to my rivals on the left, want to see a free market, a range of opinions in the media,” Netanyahu said. “I am a prime minister who believes in a strong Israel, and not in a weak and small country that bows down to others.”…………………”I will not allow lies to win,” he said. “I will continue to lead this country, according to the letter of the law.”………………………….The prime minister is not obligated to step down from his post until he is convicted.
Earlier in the day, Mandelblit said the decision to indict the Israeli premier was made “with a heavy heart, but wholeheartedly”, and added that it was not a matter of politics but about enforcing the law: “The investigations are based on broad-based evidence and testimony, which were professionally reviewed. No stone was left unturned,” he said.
‘The investigations are based on broad-based evidence and testimony, which were professionally reviewed. No stone was left unturned’
– Avichai Mandelblit, Israeli attorney general
The attorney general also said that “while conducting a professional hearing process, we’ve witnessed repeated attempts to delegitimise the people who were involved [in the investigations]”, according to Haaretz:
Mandelblit’s announcement followed a pre-indictment hearing in October in which three cases of alleged corruption – dubbed Case 1000, Case 2000 and Case 4000 – were brought up against the Likud Party leader: The indictment also comes amid political uncertainty in Israel over who will be able to form the country’s next government.
Both Netanyahu and ex-army chief Benny Gantz, who heads the Blue and White political alliance, have failed to cobble together a majority coalition after two elections – in April and September.
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