Israel: Anti-govt. and pro-Netanyahu protesters square off over corruption probe

The weekly anti-government protest outside Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit in Israel’s Petah Tikva, saw a larger-than-usual attendance as rival groups squared up to one another, Saturday. The majority were demonstrating against Mandelblit's alleged conduct during his questioning of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in an ongoing corruption case, in which he is accused of receiving... Еще monetary gifts from a number of businessmen. However, around 400 counter protesters backing Netanyahu also attended, with many waving Israeli flags and banners in support of Netanyahu's party Likud. Police officers were deployed in order to separate the two rival factions and ensure there were no clashes. Saturday marked the 34th consecutive weekly protest against Mandelblit, who stands accused of slowing down the inquiry into Netanyahu's alleged conduct. Nava Boker, vice-chairperson of the ruling coalition, said, «Our prime minister is innocent, and I hope and believe that he will remain in power for many more years.» However, an attorney and anti-Netanyahu protester Sigalit Kesler said that the prime minister could not go on. «All these terrible happenings happened under his responsibility. And I say, if he didn’t know, it’s terrible. If he knew, it’s a disaster,» she continued.

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