Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at a weekly cabinet meeting, November 18, 2018.
(photo credit: EMIL SALMAN/POOL)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a video on his Facebook page Saturday evening criticizing claims that media coverage of him, and not other political leaders, is bribery, referring to Case 4000 filed against him. The video generated a harsh response from Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid.
In the video, titles from different newspapers and news sites are displayed with front pages showing different political party leaders such as Yair Lapid, Hatnuah leader Tzipi Livni, and co-leaders of the New Right party Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett.
The end of the video shows a file marked "Case 4000" with a stamp on it saying "absurd."
Yair Lapid responded harshly to the video, sharing it on his own Facebook page and criticizing Netanyahu of "breaking a new record of incitement" and "draggin the whole country into his battle of survival."
Lapid further explained that Netanyahu is a criminal, trying to make it look like the rest of the political leaders are criminals like him. Speaking directly to Netanyahu, Lapid said, "You continue to incite and instigate as if there is no tomorrow. There is a tomorrow, and we and our children will live here after you, as one nation, strong and united."
This is not the first video Netanyahu released on Facebook attacking the claims made against him. Earlier in January, he released a clip claiming that it would be wrong for Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit to announce an indictment pending hearing before the coming April 9th elections. In that clip, Netanyahu claimed that having the elections "taken away" from him is analogous to one having his arm cut off.
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