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In his elections speech, PM Netanyahu reiterated in a mantra-like manner that “there is nothing” in the allegations against him, but the investigation may indicate otherwise.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Israeli voters on Monday at a crucial time during his electoral campaign in what Israeli politicians are calling a “desperate” attempt to influence an investigation involving corruption charges against him and his inner circle.
Opposition leader Shelly Yachimovich reacted to the PM’s speech, “We saw a cynical and pathetic elections speech of someone who is trying with all his might to escape the law.” She further added that the speech represented a “gross and blatant intervention of Netanyahu in his legal process, creating fake drama full of nothing.”
In his speech, Netanyahu reiterated in a mantra-like manner that “there is nothing” in the allegations against him. The PM also decried that starting a probe before the April 9 elections is “unjust” as it could not terminate until after the poll is over.
However, reports indicate that Attorney General Avichai Mandelbit, who is leading the probe, has made consultations with veteran legal officials regarding the “propriety” to announce an indictment, during an election campaign process, reported The Times of Israel. What this seems to indicate is that the investigations on the three cases are ongoing and gaining breadth instead of shutting down.
The PM also stated, in a bullying demeanor, that he wanted to “look them in the eye,” referring to the three witnesses working with prosecutors handling his case, to confront them on the allegations made against him.