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Thu, 05 Dec 2019 21:53 GMT

Netanyahu Rejects Graft Indictment, Vows to Stay

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7Dnews London - AFP

Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:38 GMT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Thursday November 21st to stay as the leader of Israel, despite being indicted on charges including graft and corruption.

Netanyahu dismissed what he called "politically motivated" and "false" allegations a few hours after facing charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

"What is going on here is an attempt to stage a coup against the prime minister," Netanyahu said. "The object of the investigations was to oust the right-wing from government."

In a 15-minute speech, Netanyahu railed against his political rivals and state institutions, saying the police and judiciary are biased against him.

Netanyahu said it was time for "investigation of the investigators", vowing to continue as prime minister in spite of court dates.

"I will continue to lead this country, according to the letter of the law," he added. "I will not allow lies to win."

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