Netanyahu on trial: 'This is what an attempted coup looks like'

PM claims prosecution is holding a 'witch-hunt' against him, lists a slew of alleged transgressions on law enforcement's side leading up to his corruption trial

After appearing in court for his corruption trial, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lambasted on Monday the State Prosecution, Israel Police and the media, alleging they have conspired to stage a political coup against him.
  • Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter

  • “The prosecution is on a witch-hunt. They were looking for me. Whitewashed investigations, conducted illegal searches and erased recordings. And the worst of all: It blackmailed witnesses with severe threats to the point of breaking up families,” Netanyahu said at a press conference. ”This is what an attempted coup looks like.”
    2 View gallery
    בנימין נתניהו בהצהרה לתקשורת עם פתיחת שלב ההוכחות במשפטו
    בנימין נתניהו בהצהרה לתקשורת עם פתיחת שלב ההוכחות במשפטו
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a live press conference
    (Photo: Likud)
    “When the police commissioner blamed me for sending private investigators against him, when a witch-hunt of this magnitude is effectuated against me and my family, it is very difficult,” he maintained.
    “This is not something that is supposed to take place in a democracy,” the premier continued. “I cannot hold myself back on this, therefore I am saying these things here and in great pain.”
    2 View gallery
    ליאת בן ארי
    ליאת בן ארי
    Chief Prosecutor Liat Ben-Ari
    (Photo: Oren Ben Hakun)
    Earlier on Monday, the evidentiary stage of Netanyahu’s graft trial began at the Jerusalem District Court, where the state’s lead prosecutor, Liat Ben-Ari, told the judges that the incumbent prime minister was involved in “a serious case of government corruption.”
    Netanyahu denies all wrongdoing and claims that the media, police, and state prosecution are colluding to oust him from power.

    Reprinted with permission from i24NEWS.
    First published: 19:08, 04.05.21
    The commenter agrees to the privacy policy of Ynet News and agrees not to submit comments that violate the terms of use, including incitement, libel and expressions that exceed the accepted norms of freedom of speech.