Mandelblit says he won’t be cowed by Netanyahu’s ‘unfounded’ claims

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit rejects claims by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that his corruption trial is an attempted “coup” by legal officials.

“Israel is a law-abiding state. Therefore, the court is the only place to hear the sides’ arguments, to present the evidence of the prosecution, and to carefully evaluate all the arguments of the defense. There, and only there, will the defendants’ verdict be determined,” he says in a Justice Ministry statement.

“We will continue to operate fearlessly, even in the face of the unfounded attempt to attribute to law enforcement ulterior considerations, an attempt which must be rejected in its entirety. We will continue to work fairly and under the principle that all are equal under the law. This is our obligation to the citizens of Israel.”

The statement is clearly a response to the prime minister’s remarks to reporters a few hours ago, ahead of the first hearing.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit speaks at the 17th annual Jerusalem Conference of the ‘Besheva’ group, on February 24, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

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