Likud members and activists have gathered for their annual Likudiadah Conference, this year without their party leader, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Netanyahu remotely addressed the conference discussing the ongoing investigation into him stating he plans to “continue leading the Likud party and the State of Israel for many years to come.”
Netanyahu sends greeting and thanks to party conference in Eilat Photo Credit: Alex Kolomoisky, Flash 90/Channel 2 News
While Likud activists began to celebrate at the Likudiadah, a Conference for Likud in Eilat, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was questioned today (Friday) for the third time in Jerusalem. Yet, the leader of the Likud party was not entirely absent from his own party’s gathering. Netanyahu sent a greeting in which he referred to the investigation into him and promised to continue to lead the Likud and the State.
“These days we thank you for the strong support that warms our hearts,” he said on his and his wife Sarah’s behalf. “This support is especially important in a campaign of incessant pressure from some parties who seek to influence law enforcement agencies and the Attorney General to file an indictment against me.”
Netanyahu reiterated that “The answer to these parties is clear: in a democracy, leaders are replaced at the polls and not by a campaign pressuring law enforcement agencies and the Attorney General. We can be proud of the fact that the Likud movement over the years backs its leaders and stands behind them, contrary to what happens in other parties.”
Support banner hanging at Likudiadah Conference: “There won’t be anything because there is nothing!” Photo Credit: Channel 2 News
The Prime Minister added that the members of Likud, “along with most of the Israeli public, do not buy this attack against me. I feel the depth of support for me and the Likud party’s path, wherever I go and through social media. Thanks to their support – and with God’s help – I intend to continue leading the Likud party and the State of Israel for many years to come.”
In addition, Netanyahu praised the event’s organizers and Likud activists, “The Likudiadah is an event that illustrates the fact that the Likud party is a lively and leading grassroots movement. Within the ranks of our movement are members of all sectors of society, and thus is a symbol of democracy at its best.”