Amit Haddad, Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyer has said in a video broadcast that a postponement of the hearing should have been granted but given the refusal of the prosecutor his client will be present.
Netanyahu who has been serving as Israel’s Prime Minister for 13 years is facing corruption charges including bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in two cases. The PM denies these charges and claims that it is all a ‘witch hunt’.
In Cases 1000 and 2000, as they have come to be known, the police claim to have sufficient evidence that Netanyahu made a number of deals to receive favors from businessmen. In return, Netanyahu allegedly passed laws to benefit these businessmen financially. He also allegedly made a deal with the owner of Yedioth Ahronoth, a major Israeli newspaper. In exchange for promoting legislation that would damage the circulation of Yedioth Ahronoth’s main competitor, Netanyahu and his government would receive more favorable coverage.
Even if Netanyahu is indicted, he would not be legally compelled to resign before being found guilty and exhausting all appeals; which could take years.