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Thousands of people demonstrate in favor of Netanyahu after his imputation for corruption in Israel

November 27, 2019
Manifestación a favor del primer ministro de Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, tras ser imputado por corrupción

Demonstration in favor of the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, after being accused of corruption – REUTERS / AMIR COHEN

MADRID, Nov. 26 (EUROPE PRESS) –

Thousands of people have participated on Tuesday in a demonstration in Tel Aviv in support of the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, days after his imputation for corruption, in an act marked by the almost total absence of parliamentarians from his party, the Likud.

The motto of the protest, 'Save the State from the coup d'etat', refers to the accusations made by 'Bibi' after his imputation, when he described as “coup attempt” the charges presented against him.

The Israeli Minister of Culture, Miri Regev, has been the only high position of the Likud to make an appearance at the protest, from which she has argued that “the rule of law is not above the law.”

“With all due respect to the rule of law, they (the judicial bodies) must also be under scrutiny,” he said, according to the Israeli newspaper 'Haaretz'.

Regev has thus made reference to Netanyahu's speech, who argued that “one has to be blind to not see that something bad is happening in the legal system” and advocated “investigating investigators”.

Likewise, Miko Zohar, from Likud, has argued that the party “does not want to attack the rule of law, but to strengthen the systems of judicial and security agencies.” “How can it be done if they are not criticized and asked to correct their mistakes?” He asked.

For his part, the leader of the Blue and White opponent, Benjamin Gantz, said during the day that “in a healthy democracy, the prime minister does not organize demonstrations against the judicial and security system, which he is in charge of.”

Despite this, he stressed that freedom of expression and manifestation is “the sap of a democracy”, as reported by the local newspaper 'Yedioth Ahronoth'.

Gantz has also taken the opportunity to charge Netanyahu after firing two projectiles from the Gaza Strip, one of which has been intercepted: “Instead of organizing demonstrations against the justice system, it would be better if Netanyahu focused on the security of citizens in southern Israel. ”

The leader of Yisrael Beitenu, Avigdor Lieberman, said for his part that the protest “is useless” and stressed that most of the senior Likud officials have chosen not to make an appearance, according to the newspaper 'The Jerusalem Post' .

“Within the dome of the Likud, for some reason, everyone has a conference or an act. Everyone is busy and I have not heard of anyone going. The prime minister has to understand the signs and change his behavior, “he has riveted.

Israel's attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, announced last week his decision to charge the prime minister for bribes, fraud and breach of trust, after four days of hearing on the case held in October.

Thus, he stressed after his announcement that “it is a difficult day, but it is an important day”, before arguing that his decision is based on his belief that Israeli democracy should not tolerate corruption and breach of trust.

The attorney general announced on February 28 his intention to charge Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three different cases, pending the hearings, although they were postponed due to the September elections.

The most serious of all is the 4000 case, in which it will face charges for bribes, fraud and breach of trust for promoting regulations that benefited the majority shareholder of the Bezeq group, Shaul Elovitch, in exchange for favorable coverage of the Walla portal .

In case 1000, the prime minister will be charged for fraud and breach of trust for receiving illegal gifts valued at 700,000 shekels (about 183,000 euros) in exchange for favors.

On the other hand, in the 2000 case, he has been charged with fraud and breach of trust for agreeing with 'Yedioth Ahronoth' to weaken Israel Hayom's competition newspaper – favorable to Netanyahu – in exchange for more favorable coverage to the prime minister in the first half.