Moments before an arraignment on multiple corruption charges, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his innocence, saying he had been framed as part of an attempt to topple the country’s right-wing camp.
“Citizens of Israel, what is going on trial today is an attempt to thwart the will of the nation. The attempt to topple me, and the right-wing camp,” said Netanyahu, who made his address while surrounded by members of his Likud Party.
“For more than a decade,” he continued, “the left has failed to accomplish this at the ballot box. So in the last few years, they found a new trick.”
Elements in law enforcement and the state prosecution, he said, had joined forces with the country’s left-wing media, which he called “the anyone-but-Bibi gang,” to “stitch together” baseless cases against him.