Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust, believes that the trial against him was “fabricated” and will fall apart long before its actual end, The Times of Israel reported.
Asked whether he would seek immunity to stop the trial against him, Netanyahu said he did not ask for it, adding: “I won’t need to, because these surreal and fabricated cases are collapsing. This trial is going ahead as you can see. And the further it goes, the more surreal and fabricated it is seen to be.”
“So the trial will go on to its end?” the journalist asked Netanyahu as quoted in the newspaper, to which he replied: “It will collapse long before.”
Citing his lawyers, Netanyahu backed up his idea that the case against him was allegedly staged, referring to “witness intimidation” and “opening investigations against a prime minister without the attorney general’s approval.”
“I brought millions of vaccines… Four historic agreements… I stand firm against Iran,” Netanyahu replied. “We’re hitting them on every front. I’m leading the economy to new heights. What I can do in an hour, Yair Lapid is not capable of doing in a lifetime.”
Netanyahu has already pleaded not guilty to the corruption charges brought against him.
If convicted, Netanyahu may face up to 10 years in prison for bribery and up to three years for fraud and breach of trust.