Netanyahu slams media campaign to 'overthrow' him

Netanyahu slams media campaign to 'overthrow' him

Israel's Supreme Court ruled Monday that Benjamin Netanyahu must reveal phone call logs with US casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, and a former editor of his free newspaper in Israel, as police press ahead with investigations into corruption cases involving the prime minister.

Any reckoning may be months away, possibly even allowing him to hold on till elections due in 2019.Two clocks are ticking for Netanyahu - those of the judiciary and of politics - but they tend to do so slowly, according to Yohanan Plesner, president of the non-partisan Israel Democracy Institute think tank.This works in favour of Netanyahu's standing.

It was reported that Mr. Harow offered himself as a state witness in exchange for a lighter sentence in his own court case that charged his business and financial dealings benefited from his position with the prime minister.

In an op-ed entitled "Netanyahu is different", author Amnon Lord wrote, "That is why Netanyahu's voters have no regrets and may even support him more forcefully now". "I call on him to test this with elections as soon as possible".

Several opposition members have called on the Israeli PM to step down. "The Israel Police national unit has completed its investigation concerning the prime minister's residences", the police announced at the time.

Netanyahu's lawyer said in a statement that the "aggressive" suit sought to silence the prime minister's son.

Netanyahu has been in the face of storm amid a raft of graft allegations.

The Netanyahus have repeatedly denied all allegations of wrong-doing made against them.

"The left and the media, and they're the same thing, you know, they are mustering an obsessive, unprecedented hunt against me and my family to carry out a regime change", he said.

MK Tzipi Livni speaks during a visit in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumin, in the West Bank on May 18, 2017.




"They're just jealous of Bibi", one woman said while waiting on line to get through security.

She said that the kind of leadership necessary now was one that distanced itself from the ugly rhetoric and which expresses trust in the law enforcement agencies to protect society from anarchy.

"Likud members are not corrupt, but Netanyahu is corrupting Israel", she said. "There is a really hard feeling in the Likud".

"Netanyahu is tightening the bolts and exerting his authority", he said.

"What we saw this evening was not a show of support for Netanyahu, but a show of support for corruption".

He added: "It's not like I am going tomorrow and they are going to replace me". Supporters were bussed in from around the country for the rally.

"Was it the media and the left that enticed Netanyahu to take [NIS] 20,000 a month for cigars and champagnes?" she asked.

Former prime minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv, March 16, 2016.

"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be allowed to fulfill his duties in accordance with the mandate he received from the public, in a state of law and democratic rule, not to dismiss a prime minister based on media headlines, opposition demonstrations or partial investigative procedures", he said.

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