Opposition Calls on Bibi to
Resign Over Corruption Charges
Israeli opposition leaders are calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign in the face of a likely indictment on corruption charges.
According to the Times of Israel, the calls came as Netanyahu's former chief of staff turned state's witness against the PM and rumors swirled that the police are prepared to recommend an indictment in two corruption cases.
The first involves gifts and favors given to the Netanyahu family, allegedly for purposes of bribery.
The other relates to alleged collusion between Netanyahu and media figures in order to secure more positive coverage of the PM.
Left-wing Labor party leader Avi Gabbai responded to the developments by saying, "the citizens of Israel deserve a different leadership. We no longer have any expectations of Netanyahu. This is no longer a matter of right or left but leaders that look out for the citizens."
Far-Left Meretz party leader Zehava Gal-On called on Netanyahu's coalition partners to abandon him, saying, "MKs who continue to support the prime minister are serving as his protective armor and who are trying to convince us that there is campaign against him, bear heavy responsibility for the corruption of the state and democracy."
Ofer Shelah of Yesh Atid also called on Netanyahu's allies to turn against him, asserting, "Anyone who preserves Netanyahu’s collapsing government will fall with him in the end. An indictment against the prime minister is no longer a question of if but when."
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