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Zionist Union demands Netanyahu step down
Gabbay says Netanyahu era is over after police recommend he be indicted for bribery.
The Zionist Union party on Tuesday night urged Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to announce incapacitation in the wake of the police recommendations that he be indicted for bribery.
“The prime minister must announce an immediate incapacitation. If he does not do so, the leaders of the coalition parties must make the decision for him,” the party said in a statement.
“The police’s recommendations are clear, harsh and decisive. An evening in which Israeli police recommend that a prime minister be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust is a difficult evening.”
“The Zionist Union is backing the police investigators, the police commissioner and all the law enforcement agencies who have not hesitated to investigate the prime minister. This is a badge of honor for all of us. In light of the wild attack against the police, we are backing the Israeli police and the commissioner this evening: continue to do your job honestly,” the statement said.
“It is time to put an end to the culture of government corruption that destroys every good part of the country. After nine years of Netanyahu, the public deserves a new leadership and a clean and honest prime minister,” said the Zionist Union.
Meanwhile, Zionist Union chairman Avi Gabbay tweeted, “The Netanyahu era is over. At polling stations or in interrogations.”
“The prime minister and his agents harmed the police and the institutions of the rule of law as nobody has done before, including attempts to restrict the interrogators and harm the public’s trust in the interrogators,” he continued.
“It is the duty of every decent public figure to strengthen the police and the law enforcement agencies and to act to bring to an end the government headed by Netanyahu,” said Gabbay.
The statement came hours after the police announced that they have collected sufficient evidence to try Netanyahu in both the “Case 1000” and “Case 2000” investigations, in which Netanyahu is suspected of receiving bribes from Yediot Aharonot publisher Arnon “Noni” Mozes.
Following the police recommendation, the two cases now go to the Attorney General, who will determine whether either case has sufficient grounds to merit an indictment. The decision is expected to take at least several weeks.
After police announced their recommendations, Netanyahu declared that he would not resign and vowed that his government would serve out the remainder of its term, set to end in November 2019.
“I feel that it is incumbent upon me to continue leading the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said. “Citizens of Israel, you know that all the work that I have done was with the good of the State of Israel in mind. Nothing will distract me from this sacred duty. Today isn’t any different from so many other days.”
“Our government will finish its term,” added Netanyahu.