Netanyahu will not step down if summoned for a hearing before the election

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in a televised news conference from Brazil on Monday, that if the prosecution invites him for a hearing on the allegations brought against him, he will not step down before the April 9 election. The law does not require me to do so, he said. In any case, it makes no sense to embark on a process of hearing before the election, only to wind it down after the vote. Supposing I resign and the State Attorney is convinced after the hearing to close the case against me?
Asked about the New Right party established by the ministers Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaken, he pointed to the negative aspects: One, it may smash the right-wing bloc into fragments that are too small to pass the election threshold, and two, the pair has already promised to add the seats they win to Yair Lapid’s opposition Future party, “which I call Left.” Responding to Shaked’s remark that Netanyahu is ending his last term as prime minister, he said that this matter “is not for politicians or the media to decide, only the citizens of Israel and they think otherwise.”

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