Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Minister of Defense, Naftali Bennett

PM dodges immunity issue as he seeks to downplay indictment

Netanyahu calls query about whether he’ll seek parliamentary immunity for bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges ‘complicated question,’ says he is more than capable to deal with legal woes while running the country

Ahiya Raved, Itamar Eichner |
Updated: 11.24.19 , 21:30
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused Sunday to answer whether he'll indeed ask for parliamentary immunity against his corruption charges, but did focused instead on the danger Iran poses to Israel.
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"You're asking a very complicated questions my young friend," Netanyahu told the reporter who posed the question during a tour in the Golan Heights, close to the Syrian border, accompanied by several military commanders.
נפתלי בנט ובנימין נתניהונפתלי בנט ובנימין נתניהו
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Minister of Defense, Naftali Bennett
(Photo: Haim Zach)
Netanyahu also insisted he is able to carry out his duty to protect the country against Iran and handle his legal issues simultaneously. “As you can see, I'm doing whatever I must in order to ensure the government and the Cabinet fulfill their duties, and to ensure the safety of Israel and its people,” he said.
According to Netanyahu, Iran is preparing for additional attacks against Israel.
"Everyone who knows me knows I'm not making false promises either, I'm doing what's needs to be done, with full commitment to Israel's safety," said Netanyahu.
"Everything we're seeing around us, all the results for the actions we've recently taken, all of them have been my doing,” he said “I'm making informed decisions, and it's my belief that my decisions are good ones.
"Iran's aggression in our region continues, we're doing whatever we can to deny Iran's entrenchment in the region, and that includes foiling any weapon transfers from Iran into Syria, be it by air or on the ground," said Netanyahu.
"Our commitment to fight Iran's aggression is absolute, and we're working hard to thwart its goals, more than that, I can't elaborate."
נפתלי בנט ובנימין נתניהונפתלי בנט ובנימין נתניהו
PM Netanyahu and Bennett
(Photo: Haim Zach)
Netanyahu said. He added that according to General Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of the U.S. Central Command in the Middle East, Iran is indeed preparing for additional attacks.
"That is something I can confirm," said Netanyahu.
“We are indeed working to thwart Iran's plans through numerous measures."
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said that the IDF took action against Iran in Syria just last week.
“Our message to Iran's terrorists is this: You have nothing here, you have no reason to entrench here, whatever you do, you'll meet the full force of the IDF."
נפתלי בנט ובנימין נתניהונפתלי בנט ובנימין נתניהו
PM Netanyahu, and Bennett during the tour
(Photo: Avihu Shapira)
Bennett also sent a message to Iran's leadership: “Focus on your own people, work to improve their lives instead of trying to harm the Israeli people."
Netanyahu added that, "the current focus of Iran's leadership is to slaughter their own people, further testimony of the nature of the regime over there."
First published: 21:30 , 11.24.19
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