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Netanyahu Supporters Rally against his Potential Trial

Netanyahu Supporters Rally against his Potential Trial

Monday, 14 January, 2019 - 10:30
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu (C) shakes hands with a lawmaker during a Likud party meeting at parliament in Jerusalem on May 11, 2015. (Reuters)
Tel Aviv - Nazir Magally
A Likud meeting of field officials transformed into a rally to support Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he faces corruption cases.

Seventy of the attendees rejected the PM’s resignation should he be put on trial over the allegation, showed a survey.

Organizers held a survey for the 1,000 attendees. The question was if Netanyahu should resign in case he faced an indictment, 69.4 percent said no, while 10 percent said yes.

Ministers and deputies rushed to give statements to the press and to prove their loyalty. When asked about what would they do if the PM was indicted, they affirmed that they would protest in the streets.

Several of them said that “a million people” will take to the streets to protest against the police if the premier is put on trial.

On the other side of the spectrum, Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) opposition party, stated last week: “I will not sit in a government headed by Netanyahu if the attorney general decides to indict him.”

The statement was a new development that weakens Netanyahu before his right-wing allies.

Separately and regarding ongoing discussions in Israel on the danger of any Russian or foreign meddling in the April elections, former Mossad chief Haim Tomer said any intervention by Russian President Vladimir Putin would serve Netanyahu’s personal interest.

He explained that Putin “wants to create a world that suits his beliefs and authoritarian leanings.

He understands the Israeli scene and it would be in his interest to keep the current prime minister in his post.

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