Opposition calls on Netanyahu to resign in light of corruption charges

Following police's announcement on Thursday that the Prime Minister is suspected of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, several opposition members said he cannot remain in his position in this situation.
Photo credit: Knesset/Channel 2 News

Opposition members on Friday demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following police's announcement that he is suspected of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two different cases.

Newly-elected Labor party chairman Avi Gabay tweeted, "We don't expect much from Netanyahu himself, but where are all his government partners, those who are supposed to tell him 'enough is enough'? This isn't about right or left."

Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak said in a video message, "There is no way a prime minister can remain in his position after an indictment. How is he going to run Cabinet meetings? Is he going to stand in front of a judge in the morning, consult with his lawyers in the afternoon and then decide to fire the police chief or go to war in the evening?"

"Corruption is a threat to the future and security of the State of Israel," said Labor MK Erel Margalit. "It's time for a leadership with a new hope."

Labor chairman Avi Gabay Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Police on Thursday issued a gag order in two of the cases involving Netanyahu, dubbed Case 1,000 and Case 2,000.

On Wednesday, it was reported that Netanyahu's former aide, Ari Harow, is expected to turn state's evidence and assist the police in their probe into the German submarine purchase deal.

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