Attorney Says Netanyahu Won’t Be Forced to Abdicate Premiership During Corruption Trial
By Staff, Agencies
Zionist Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said on Thursday that the ‘Israeli’ entity’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not be obliged to vacate his position when his corruption trial opens in January 2021.
Mandelblit explained that the indictment was filed against Benjamin Netanyahu as a person and not against him as a Prime Minister, adding that the indictment was not filed against a political party.
Such a conflict of interest arrangement will guarantee a complete separation between the tenure of Netanyahu as prime minister and the powers conferred on him within this framework and his personal handling of the criminal proceedings in his case, the Attorney General noted.
Mandelblit also rejected attacks on the judicial system that claim the criminal charges leveled against Netanyahu are a part of a conspiracy to oust him.
"There is no political prosecution system in ‘Israel’," he said. "I firmly reject the attempt to turn defense claims regarding legal proceedings, whose place is in court, to claims of political persecution that are thrown into the ether out of a clear goal to delegitimize the entire process.”
Netanyahu is being investigated in three separate cases: Case 1000 concerns illicit gifts he received from business moguls Arnon Milchan and James Packer.
Case 2000 concerns discussions Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes had over a quid pro quo of positive media for the prime minister in return for Netanyahu weakening Yedioth's main rival newspaper ‘Israel’ Hayom.
Case 4000 involves a plan to ease regulations for telecommunications mogul and Bezeq chief Shaul Elovitch in return for positive coverage on his Walla! news website.