Justice Minister Yariv Levin suggests that the indictment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convinced members of the public of the need for a major judicial overhaul.
“I’ll tell you the truth, three indictments of this kind really contributed to the very wide public understanding that there are failures in the system that must be fixed,” Levin says at the Knesset.
Netanyahu is on trial in three corruption cases. He faces charges of fraud and breach of trust in Case 1000 and Case 2000, and charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in Case 4000. He denies wrongdoing and claims the charges were fabricated in an attempted political coup led by the police, the state prosecution, the media and leftist rivals.
Those opposed to the current government and its plans to radically reshape the judiciary have long accused Netanyahu and the right of seeking such reforms in order to help him escape a conviction.