Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently shut down allegations that his tenure would be soon ending.
The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation known as Kan reported that Netanyahu became verbally aggressive with the press, his opposition and even members of his party when he accused them of trying to unseat him. According to senior officials, Netanyahu said the following regarding the situation:
They are trying to get me and attempting to topple the Right. This is not new. They have been trying for many years. I don’t see us going to elections now.”
The Jerusalem Post reported on Netanyahu saying the following:
“Netanyahu mocked reports about his former chief of staff, Ari Harow, who has turned state’s witness against him, and Case 2000, in which he is accused of conspiring to harm one newspaper and help another.”
The Prime minister also went after Transportation Minister Israel Katz for “undermining” him and accused him of being an author of an anonymous quote in the Yediot Aharonot. The quote stated that he would not allow the Prime Minister to stay in power if he was indicted. Netanyahu responded saying, “The senior minister in the Likud can continue trying to replace me.”
Netanyahu has maintained a busy social media presence as well as his presence in person. He recently posted an article that said they were hoping to topple him to which he wrote, “it won’t happen.”
News outlets across the country have compared him to their former Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, who was also investigated. Likud politicians initially called for Olmert to quit, but they are mostly for Netanyahu. On the other hand, politicians who called for Olmert to be defended are calling for Netanyahu to resign.
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) has also said the comparison was wrong because an American businessman testified that Olmert had received money. She goes on to say the following:
“Now, the media is attempting – which I find contemptuous – to draw a comparison between Olmert and Netanyahu. I call on all of you to be patient. Don’t accept the poisoned arrows that are being served up each evening as though they were the real truth and, most importantly, remember: Netanyahu is not Ehud Olmert.”
Credit: The Jerusalem Post