Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday lashed out at state prosecutors after the first day of testimony in his corruption trial, accusing them of “hypocrisy” and of leading a “witch hunt” against him. He said the investigation and prosecution constitute an effort by police and prosecutors to “trample democracy” in Israel and subvert the will of the electorate.
He singled out lead prosecutor Liar Ben-Ari, who opened the prosecution case at Monday’s Jerusalem District Court hearing, claiming that while she had accused him in court of abuse of power, it was her prosecution team that had acted illegally.
In response, senior Justice Ministry and police officials said Netanyahu’s claims were false, accused him of seeking to intimidate the court, and warned his allegations placed prosecutors in danger.
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