Days after the Israel Police published their recommendation to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in two corruption cases, hundreds protested in Tel Aviv calling on him to suspend himself from office.
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Hundreds of Israelis, including a former Police Chief, authors and artists, gathered in Tel Aviv’s HaBima Square on Friday calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down over the police’s recommendation earlier this week to indict him in two corruption cases.
Protesters held up signs reading “The government must go” and “The country is ours, not Netanyahu’s.” The event’s organizers played a video of Netanyahu from 2008, in which, as leader of the opposition, he called on then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign amid similar circumstances.
The demonstration was attended by Israel’s former Police Commissioner Assaf Hefetz, who acknowledged Netanyahu’s presumption of innocence but stressed that he still needs to suspend himself from office. No other person in any position, he said, would be allowed to continue “even for a single minute” under such allegations.
On Tuesday, the Israel Police recommended that Netanyahu be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two corruption cases known as Case 1,000 and Case 2,000.
The first case revolves around expensive gifts worth hundreds of thousands of shekels Netanyahu allegedly received from several close acquaintances, including Israeli businessman Arnon Milchan, in exchange for personal favors. The second case centers on phone conversations Netanyahu held with Arnon Mozes, the publisher of the Yediot Ahronot daily newspaper, in which he is suspected of trying to hammer out a deal to ensure more favorable coverage.