Bennett expresses support of Netanyahu amid criminal allegations

Following the police's announcement that Netanyahu is suspected of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, the Education Minister expressed his party's "committed to the government" and said he hopes it will continue to govern until the upcoming election.
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Education Minister Naftali Bennett says his HaBayit Hayehudi party is "fully supportive of the government," in light of the reports of serious allegations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the witness deal signed recently between the state and Netanyahu's former aide Ari Harow.

"The State of Israel needs stability," Bennett said. "The prime minister is innocent until proven otherwise, and I hope this probe ends without an indictment. I have complete faith in the law enforcement authorities and the Attorney General, and there is no need for political pressure or unnecessary demonstrations."

"A national right-wing government is essential for the security of Israel," Bennett added. "We will continue to lead until the elections, which we hope are held in their scheduled time."

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A protest in Petah Tikva calling for Netanyahu's resignation Photo credit: Channel 2 News

Bennett's comments come just days after the police announced that Netanyahu is suspected of bribery, fraud and breach of trust - an announcement that prompted several members of the opposition to demand his resignation.

Some of them quoted Netanyahu's own words from 2008, when he, as the head of the opposition, urged then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign amid similar allegations. "A prime minister who is sunk up to his neck in investigations has no moral and public mandate to make such fateful decisions for Israel," Netanyahu said back then.



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