After recent reports that the Israel Police is urging that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on charges related to two corruption cases, Knesset members continue to call for his resignation. “An indictment against the prime minister is not a question of the if, but of when,” said Yesh Atid MK Ofer Shaleh who called out Netanyahu’s supporters.
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Following recent reports according to which the Israel Police is expected to recommend indicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there are increasing calls for the dismantling of the coalition. Yesh Atid MK Ofer Shelah said on Saturday that “The decent people holding together this crumbling coalition are now being tested.”
“An indictment against the prime minister is not a question of the if, but of when,” said Shelah. “This is the moment of trial for Moshe Kahlon who has known the truth about Bibi for a long time; of senior Likud officials who shut their noses and mouths for fear of vengeance that David Bitan has already announced its coming; of the many people in the coalition who came to politics to do good and have found themselves protecting a regime ruined in every possible way. But until when? We have to say to them: Those who preserve Netanyahu’s collapsing rule will fall with him in the end.”
Meretz Chairwoman MK Zehava Gal-On joined Shelah’s sentiments and stated: “MKs who continue to support the prime minister serve as his defense attorneys and try to convince us that there is a hunting campaign against him, bearing the heavy responsibility of corrupting the state and the democracy.
Gal-On also called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to resign from office until the investigation is completed. According to her, Netanyahu must “uphold what he rightly demanded from former prime minister Ehud Olmert, when he said that a prime minister under serious suspicions cannot lead from the danger that he will make decisions for corrupt and unrelated motives.”
Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90/Channel 2 News
Meretz MK Issawi Frej also attacked Netanyahu. At a cultural event in Ramat HaSharon, Frej said, “Netanyahu behaves like an injured bull that would run over the democracy and rule of law in order to preserve his political life. When Olmert was suspected of corruption, we at Meretz demanded he resign and today Likud members go out in protest in support of [Netanyahu] and corruption.”
“When Netanyahu says that an investigation into bribery is ‘background noise,’ I would expect to hear a significant statement from his partners, especially from Finance Minister Kahlon. Kahlon needs to decide if he is on the side of law-keepers or law-breakers,” Frej added.