Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon has declared his support for Prime Minister Netanyahu despite the Israel Police’s recommendation to indict him on corruption charges. Several MKs have voiced their opinions regarding the political drama.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon Photo Credit: Kobi Richter/TPS

After the Israel Police released its recommendation to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, several members of his coalition have spoken out in support of him, including Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon.

Earlier today, former Finance Minister Yair Lapid announced that he is a key witness in the investigation and gave his testimony regarding the controversial Milchan Law. Kahlon is encouraging Netanyahu to continue his role and has stated that he “has no intentions of resigning” from the government in light of the recommendation.

In a Facebook post, Kahlon stated, “I am aware of the public’s feelings, from the right and left, regarding the police’s recommendations regarding the prime minister’s investigations. The law states that only the Attorney General may make decisions regarding the filing or non-submission of an indictment. Until then, I will continue to lead and direct the Israeli economy for the benefit of all Israeli citizens.”

Kahlon further stated, “The systems should be allowed to operate without pressure, either from the right or from the left, and to act in an orderly, professional and prudent manner.” This comes in response to members of the opposition and its supporters who are calling for Netanyahu to resign immediately.

Several coalition members and Netanyahu himself have denounced and dismissed the charges as “outrageous” and “slanderous.” Israeli Cultural Minister Miri Regev has also mentioned her lack of surprise at the allegations and stated that the recommendation has “no legal basis.” Netanyahu has defended his innocence by stating he has “led the state responsibly and loyally.”