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Sun May 24, 2020, 04:02 PM

Israel's Netanyahu attacks justice system as trial begins

Source: AP

By ARON HELLER

JERUSALEM (AP) — To the sounds of his impassioned supporters chanting outside, a defiant Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strode into a Jerusalem courtroom Sunday to face corruption charges in a long-awaited trial that has overshadowed three inconclusive elections and deeply divided the country.

As he entered the courthouse to become the country’s first sitting prime minister to go on trial, Netanyahu launched into a lengthy tirade against the nation’s justice system in which he accused police, prosecutors, judges and the media of a deep state-type conspiracy aimed to oust him against the will of the people.

“I stand before you with a straight back and head raised high,” he said, surrounded by leading Cabinet ministers of his Likud party. “The objective is to depose a strong, right-wing prime minister, and thus remove the nationalist camp from the leadership of the country for many years.”

The standoff, and Netanyahu’s own fiery rhetoric, looked to worsen the nation’s deep divisions just after Netanyahu swore in what he called a “unity” government with a former rival. Critics have said Netanyahu’s repeated attacks on the legal system risk irreversible damage to citizens’ faith in state institutions.



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing a face mask in line with public health restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, looks at his lawyer inside the court room as his corruption trial opens at the Jerusalem District Court, Sunday, May 24, 2020. He is the country’s first sitting prime minister ever to go on trial, facing charges of fraud, breach of trust, and accepting bribes in a series of corruption cases stemming from ties to wealthy friends. (Ronen Zvulun/ Pool Photo via AP)


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Omaha Steve May 2020 OP
CatMor May 2020 #1
DENVERPOPS May 2020 #7
pwb May 2020 #2
cstanleytech May 2020 #3
Jeorge IX May 2020 #4
scarletwoman May 2020 #5
flotsam May 2020 #6
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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 04:05 PM

1. He's following trumps tactics.

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Response to CatMor (Reply #1)

Mon May 25, 2020, 03:00 AM

7. Hell,

they are each other's lap poodles, but only when Trump takes a break from being Putin's.......

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 04:10 PM

2. Would be nice if us regular folks could blame others for our crimes.

But cops do lie.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 05:08 PM

3. Sounds like Trump and Netanyahu are using the same playbook.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 05:52 PM

4. Nutty Yahoo

 

One of Donnie's Heroes.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 06:43 PM

5. K&R for visibility - not because I'm a fan of the criminal. (nt)

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Sun May 24, 2020, 08:09 PM

6. That's funny, he doesn't LOOK Trumpish... N/T

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 08:19 AM

8. Lock him up. nt

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