For third time in a week, Netanyahu denounces investigators on social media

An indictment recommendation is expected next week, and Netanyahu has not missed a chance to let the public know how he feels about the situation.

February 9, 2018 18:36
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)


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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to Facebook on Friday to disparage the police whose investigations of him are meant to lead to a decision on an indictment recommendation next week.

"When investigators believe in such false allegations that the prime minister has acted against can they investigate him and make recommendations against him objectively?" he wrote.

He first noted that one prominent investigator, Roni Ritman, who only recently resigned from his post as the head of Lahav 433, suggested that the prime minister had nudged a female officer to file a sexual assault claim against Ritman.

He then added that at least one of the investigators, Roni Alsheich, said that a "powerful figure" had hired detectives to investigate the police officers involved in the cases, an idea he described as "delusional" and a "conspiracy theory."

"You decide," he told readers, "What does this say about the purity of the investigation, and what does it say about the nature of the recommendations?"

The post follows one of a similar nature made the day before, in which Netanyahu lashed out at the police, and specifically at Alsheich, saying that his claims were "outlandish and false."

"Every decent person will ask himself: How can people who say such outlandish things regarding the prime minister then question him objectively and be impartial when it is time to reach a decision about him?" Netanyahu wrote.

The prime minister has been vocal on social media regarding his disdain for the investigations; earlier this week, he posted a video denouncing them and suggesting that they are of little importance.

Indictment recommendations are expected to be announced next week for cases 1000 and 2000. In the former, the prime minister is accused of accepting bribes and for fraud and breach of trust. In the latter, he is accused of swaying Yediot Ahronot to give him favorable coverage in an effort to weaken the paper's biggest competitor, Yisrael Hayom.

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