Following the withdrawal by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of his request for parliamentary immunity from prosecution on Tuesday, Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit filed an indictment with the Jerusalem District Court against him for bribery, fraud and breach of trust. His trial will begin within weeks and according to many analysts it is expected to impact on the Knesset elections scheduled to take place on 2 March, 2020.
“Citizens of Israel – At this fateful hour for the people of Israel, while I am in the US on a historic mission to shape Israel’s permanent borders and ensure our security for future generations, another Knesset show is expected to open in the immunity circus,” Netanyahu wrote in an open letter to the “Citizens of Israel” which he posted on his Facebook page Tuesday morning. “This is the continued personal pursuit by the obsessed ‘just not Bibi’ people. Instead of understanding the size of the hour and transcending political considerations, they continue to engage in cheap politics that damage a crucial moment in the history of the state. Since I was not given due process, because all of the Knesset rules are being trampled underfoot – and since the results of the procedure were dictated in advance without a proper discussion as required – I decided not to let this dirty game go on.”
“But now, I will not let my political opponents use this matter to interfere with the historical move I am leading,” the letter continued. “As I have done all my life, I will continue to invest all for the future of our country and for you, the citizens of Israel.”
However, Netanyahu’s various political opponents spent most of Tuesday morning passionately demanding that he resign immediately.
This article originally appeared on ICEJ News and reposted with permission.