Picture of Labor Party Chairman Avi Gabbay.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Labor Party Leader Avi Gabbay commented on the Attorney-General Avihai Mandelblit's decision to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying that "this election campaign is about Netanyahu's life in contrast with the life of the state."
"I am very disturbed by what will happen until the elections," Gabbay added on Saturday. "Netanyahu wants to win the elections to pass the 'French bill' and protect his freedom, so he can do anything."
As for the Blue and White Party, Gabbay said that "after the publication of the charges against Netanyahu, Gantz had to say simply - we will not sit in a government headed by Netanyahu, period. Instead, he used words that were not decisive enough. He must say it clearly - 'we will not sit in a government headed by Netanyahu.' He should have said that but he did not."
"The Labor Party wants a to make a change because we want to lead a different path. We do not want [Moshe Ya'alon] to continue with the annexation and settlement expansion plans outside the blocs, and not for Tzvi Hauser to enact another national law," Gabbay stressed.
Gabbay concluded by saying that "we want to lead change, to separate ourselves from the Palestinians and march towards an economy that is just for both the young and the old. Change does not mean 'anything but Netanyahu.'"
Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman referred to latest polls in Tel Aviv's "Habimah" Theater, which predicted that his party may not pass the electoral threshold in the coming elections.
"The polls taken over the span of one day, as the one done on Friday after the Attorney-General's announcement, are not polls - that's psychological warfare" Liberman claimed. "They have nothing to do with reality."
Regarding the Attorney-General's decision to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Liberman said, "I have not read the list of suspicions against Netanyahu, and I do not intend to read it. Only the court is authorized to determine whether a person is guilty or acquitted in Israel.
"The presumption of innocence is reserved for everyone, including the prime minister," Liberman added.
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