In a long-running campaign by the old lefties who dominate Israel’s judiciary, prosecutors and top police officials, charges were wrongly brought against Prime Minister Netanyahu in an effort to remove him from office.
Now the quiet part is being said out loud.
Israel Police and the State Attorney’s Office expected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign from his role after he was charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in 2019, former police chief Roni Alsheich admitted in a Wednesday morning interview with Army Radio.
“No one could have guessed that the prime minister would not resign,” Alsheich told Army Radio
It wasn’t the job of the police brass to expect a PM to resign, but this was all about finding any lever for removing Netanyahu from office and restoring power to the Left.
Alsheich also appeared to criticize the conduct of Netanyahu’s Likud party during the course of the prime minister’s criminal trial, saying that he had expected the faction to “say that, for the good of the country, he must step aside and someone else must lead.”
“It was never about the truth, justice or fighting corruption,” Religious Zionist Party MK Ohad Tal wrote on Alsheich. “All they had in mind was to topple the Right and Netanyahu, a de-facto coup d’etat.”
Tal’s faction leader, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, declared a “sad day for the State of Israel” after “many people came together to defeat democracy and complete a coup.
But the coup remains incomplete, That doesn’t mean the Left will stop trying.