(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should resign from office, former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon said at a cultural event in Netanyahu Saturday.
“From a public standpoint, Netanyahu has to resign today and immediately,” Ya’alon said. “The time has come for Israelis to be led by a prime minister who has not been investigated for anything.”
Netanyahu is currently under investigation on suspicion of corruption offenses
involving allegedly accepting gifts above the permissible amount and colluding with the publisher of Yediot Aharonot
against Yisrael Hayom
. In addition, several of his senior aides are under investigation, with some turning state’s witness.
Ya’alon resigned from the government and Knesset in 2016, citing a “lack of faith” in Netanyahu, after the prime minister gave the defense portfolio to Avigdor Liberman. He has said he plans to run for the next Knesset, but not in the Likud.
“People don’t realize how much corruption hurts every one of us,” Ya’alon stated. “I say with sadness that we have become a country that was corrupted by politicians.”
“Think about what could have been done with 2 billion Euros instead of going to a deal for [submarines] that we don’t need,” he added, referring to allegations of officials accepting bribes in relation to the purchase of submarines from a German company.