Netanyahu enters courtroom saying public recognizes this is ‘an attempted political coup’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is speaking at the Jerusalem District Court where his criminal trial will begin in a matter of minutes.

He says “the people recognize… This is an attempt at a political coup, against the will of the people… I want to reassure you all, with your help, and with God’s help, I’ll continue to fight; I won’t let them bring us down.”

“I’ll continue to lead the State of Israel.”

Closing his address with a word of thanks to his supporters, including those who are protesting outside the court, Netanyahu says “your incredible support warms my heart. I know that the people of Israel are behind me.”

Standing behind the prime minister as he speaks are several Likud MKs and ministers, all wearing face masks, including Public Security Minister Amir Ohana, Ministers Israel Katz, Miri Regev, Yoav Gallant, Tzachi Hanegbi and David Amsalem.

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