First Trial In Israeli History Against Sitting PM Ends

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The historical trial of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the first sitting prime minister in Israeli history to face trial, ended about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Deputy State-Attorney Liat Ben-Ari said at the end of the hearing that Netanyahu does not have to be present at the next hearing, scheduled for July 19.

The prime minister’s trial began at about 3 p.m. in Courtroom 317 at the Jerusalem District Court. Netanyahu refrained from sitting down on the defendant’s bench until the media was ordered to leave the courtroom.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Jerusalem on Sunday afternoon, both outside the Prime Minister’s Residence on Balfour Street and outside the Jerusalem District Court, ahead of the first trial in Israeli history against a sitting prime minister.

Some of the protesters – the “Black Flag” protesters – were protesting against Netanyahu and others were demonstrating in support of the prime minister and against the Israeli judiciary system.

The name of the “Black Flag’ movement is taken from the black flags protesters hold or attach to their cars to symbolize the “danger to Israeli democracy” that Netanyahu represents.

Several Likud MKs and ministers arrived at the courthouse to attend the trial to show their support for Netanyahu, including Transportation Minister Miri Regev, Public Security Minister Amir Ohana, and Settlement Affairs Minister Tzipi Hotovely.

“We are here to demand a fair trial for someone whose blood has been spilled day in day out by the media and those always against him,” Regev said outside the courthouse. “We are here to say we will stand by him.”

Netanyahu spoke to the press upon his arrival to the court building, while surrounded by his Likud supporters, quoting Havard professor and US attorney Prof. Alan Dershowitz: “The Netanyahu trial poses a great threat to democracy and the rule of the law. This is the first time in the history of any modern country that a man is being prosecuted for trying to gain positive media coverage.”

Dershowitz made his comments on Sunday morning in an interview on Army Radio.

The prime minister slammed the judicial system, saying it is corrupt and it is trying the thwart the will of the people – ” to bring me and the right-wing camp down.”

“The left has failed to [bring me down] for over a decade…and in recent years found a new trick – police and prosecutors who joined the ‘anyone but Bibi’ camp to fabricate these delusional and fabricated cases, this delusional trial.”

Netanyahu ended his speech by thanking his supporters: “Your incredible support warms my heart. I know that the people of Israel are behind me.”

He also published a statement on Twitter thanking his supporters in the Likud for standing by him.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)




5 COMMENTS

  1. “First Trial In Israeli History Against Sitting PM Ends”
    Friendly advice-
    Your website performs a valuable service to our community. I’d run your edit/headlines by with an editor/smart friend just to make sure it doesn’t reflect any journalistic folly ..
    Trial didn’t end . Most readers understand your intent but it’s misleading ( almost clickbait ) and factually incorrect.
    Love your site though guys
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  2. yeah, you made it sound like the trial started and ended in one fell swoop by some judge striking down the whole thing. total clikbait!!!

  3. What the others said. The trial can’t possibly be over already! Unless the judge was suddenly taken with an attack of honesty, and dismissed the charges outright with prejudice. But that’s too much to hope for.

    Coffee, the anarchists had it first.