Tel Aviv [Israel]: Israel’s Prime Minister BenjaminNetanyahu on Monday said that he would not resign even if he is indicted by theattorney general under one or any of the corruption charges leveled againsthim. The Times of Israel quoted the Israeli Prime Minister on the issue whowhile addressing a press conference during his ongoing visit to Brazil saidthat “The law does not require him to do so”.
Denying thethree corruption charges levelled against him, Netanyahu cited the legalprocedure while asserting that the law doesn’t require him to step aside beforeany hearing. “Israel is a country of law, and the law does not requirethat a prime minister resigns during the process of a hearing,” the PrimeMinister added. “The hearing doesn’t end until my side is heard. Andtherefore it is not logical to open a hearing process before elections if youcan’t finish it before elections,” he said.
“Imaginewhat happens if you oust a prime minister before the end of the hearingprocess, and at the end of the hearing, it is decided to close the case. Thatwould be absurd, and a terrible blow to democracy,” Netanyahu added. Meanwhile,if Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit of Israel’s High Court of Justiceindicts Netanyahu in graft charges, the later would still be entitled to defendhimself at a hearing before formal charges are filed. However, the attorneygeneral is yet to confirm whether he would be acting upon the graft case beforethe general elections scheduled to be held in April.
The IsraeliPolice had confirmed charges of two graft cases against Netanyahu, one, wherebythe Prime Minister accepted gifts from billionaire friends and the second, overtrading positive media coverage for advantageous legislation for a newspaper.The third time, the Israeli Prime Minister was accused by the authorities ofallegedly favoring the country’s largest telecom giant ‘Bezeq’ in return formore positive coverage of him and his wife, on Bezeq’s subsidiary news website,Walla.