Ex-Shin Bet chief to PM: Set up unity government and resign in exchange for dropping cases

Former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin (left) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2011. (photo credit: Moshe Milner/GPO/Flash90)
Former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin (left) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2011. (photo credit: Moshe Milner/GPO/Flash90)

Former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin writes to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a proposal to end the current political crisis in Israel.

In the letter, first reported by the Walla news site, Diskin warns Netanyahu that the country stands on the edge of “destruction” and urges him to immediately halt the legislation of a judicial overhaul.

He also suggests that in order to get the far-right Otzma Yehudit and Religious Zionism parties out of government, Netanyahu form a national unity government between his Likud party and the centrist Yesh Atid and National Unity.

Diskin then suggests that Netanyahu resign in exchange for the closing of the three corruption cases against him.

Diskin says the steps are necessary to avert a catastrophe for Israel.

“These are risks that may tear apart Israeli society and the state in a way that will be difficult to reunify, crush the IDF, severely damage the economy and lead to an unprecedented crisis of confidence that will not allow the government systems to function,” he writes.

Diskin stresses that the letter is personal and does not represent the opposition groups.

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