Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed this morning’s Yedioth Aharonoth publication, according to which Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit refused to allow the police to collect evidence from the Prime Minister. Netanyahu wrote on Facebook that the report is part of “the smear campaign aimed at toppling the Likud government under my leadership.”







Benjamin Netanyahu

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The Israeli Justice Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday clarifying that Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit did not receive a request to subpoena Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of the submarine affair investigation, contrary to a Yedioth Aharonoth report. Netanyahu slammed the report writing on his Facebook: “The daily fake news prize goes to Yedioth Aharonoth.”

“This morning, Yedioth Aharonoth published another false report, according to which the Attorney General is refusing to allow the police to question me in the submarine affair,” Netanyahu wrote. “A few hours afterwards, the Justice Ministry published a blanket denial.”

“There is no basis to the claim that the police investigators sent the Justice Minister a request to collect the Prime Minister’s testimony in the submarine and sea vessel affair and that he did not give his approval,” Netanyahu quoted from the ministry’s statement. “Such a request has not yet been submitted to the Attorney General nor to the State Prosecutor or the prosecutor’s office. In this context, the report was completely false.”

According to Netanyahu, the Yedioth Aharonoth report was published “as part of the smear campaign aimed at toppling the Likud government under my leadership, not through the ballot box. Contrary to what the media thinks, the public is smart and understands exactly what they are trying to do here.”