In primetime address, Netanyahu dismissed accusations of corruption

January 8, 2019 by JNS
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Billed ahead of time by his spokesperson as “something dramatic,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied the series of allegations that have been levelled against him, with Israeli police recommending last month that the prime minister and his wife be indicted.

Israel Defense Forces’ Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrive at a press conference at the Kirya government headquarters in Tel Aviv on Dec. 4, 2018. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

In a primetime address on Monday that ran several minutes long, Netanyahu said it would be “unjust” for him to be charged ahead of the April 9 elections.

He also offered to confront accusers on live television: “What are they afraid of? What do they have to hide?”

Netanyahu has said that he would not step down if indicted. He said on Monday that he is “4,000% sure” that he is innocent, appearing to mock one of the probes against him, known as Case 4000.


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