Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks at the Cybertech 2019 conference in Tel Aviv.
(photo credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
“No one was surprised by the attorney-general’s decision, which came after three years of intense pressure on him from the press, the Left and the legal establishment to indict him at any price, even if there is nothing behind it,” the Likud said in a statement. “All that mattered to them was to do it before the election.”
The Likud said Netanyahu had been targeted by a witch hunt.
The party noted that there had been four cases and bribery charges had been pursued in all four but the indictment pending a hearing was for only one of them. The Likud predicted that the fourth would be disproven as well in the hearing but lamented that it would not take place before the April 9 election.
“The unilateral publication of the attorney-general’s decision a month before the election without giving the prime minister a chance to refute the false charges is blatant and unprecedented interference in the election,” the Likud said. “The sole purpose of this is to topple Netanyahu’s right-wing government and bring about a left-wing government led by Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid. This cannot be allowed to happen.”
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