Report: Yair Netanyahu compares PM investigations to Turkish coup attempt

"In Turkey they are taking tanks out into the streets, here they have no need because they control the police and the prosecutor's office."

January 10, 2019 14:33
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Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his son Yair

Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his son Yair. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


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Yair Netanyahu, son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, compared the ongoing prime minister's corruption investigations to the 2016 Turkish coup attempt, Hadashot News reported. 

"Does someone still not understand that there is a legal putsch taking place here? In Turkey they are taking tanks out into the streets, here they have no need because they control the police and the prosecutor's office," the social media post, which has since been deleted, reportedly read.

Yair Netanyahu wrote the statement as a comment on an earlier social media post by his father. In that post, the prime minister cited an Israel Hayom article on the investigations questioning their sincerity because the corruption probes have cost tax payers hundreds of millions of shekels.

Hadashot News said the post was removed within several minutes of its appearance online.

According to a Channel 10 report from last week, Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit is expected to publicize his decision to indict the prime minister for corruption by February, despite the upcoming election.

In early December, Israel Police recommended indicting Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, on bribery, fraud and breach of public trust charges in the corruption investigation known as Case 4000.

The recommendation were another setback for Netanyahu’s legal woes, as police recommended in February that the prime minister be indicted for bribery and breach of trust in Cases 1000 and 2000.

Gil Hoffman contributed to this report.

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