Knesset member Bezalel Smotrich («Bayt Yehudi») said in an interview with NEWSru.co.il: «the Prime Minister not only can, but must continue to perform his duties despite the investigation. We live in the state of the law. In the 18th paragraph of the Basic law of the government clearly stipulates that the Prime Minister should leave his post only in case if the court will make him a guilty verdict. Care now the Prime Minister from the stage will be targeted killings policy. It will be clear that the way to get rid of the head of the government: several media reports, a few testimonies to the police, and everything is ready.»
The Deputy Smotrich added that in the case of an indictment, Netanyahu should resign: «If we were talking about serious crimes such as murder or rape, would have been obvious that the Prime Minister should resign, but what we see today is a completely different situation. The head of government can and must remain at his post».
Bezalel Smotrich added that a similar position he held and when it was about Ehud Olmert. «I believed and said that the preliminary evidence Talansky is outrageous, unjustified step that led to the elimination of Olmert as a political figure. At the same time, please note that the first sentence Olmert was exculpatory, and the Prime Minister, he was not. Is this normal? So maybe in a democratic society?»
The Deputy Smotrich noted that his position is not politically motivated. «I’m not a supporter of Netanyahu, I am not happy that he is at the head of the government, and I’d really like to replace it with someone else. But this is not due to the fact that we are witnessing the attempt to eliminate politics without obvious evidence of his guilt.»
Our source refused to answer the question of whether his opinion is only personal, or it reflects a position of all fraction. «I can only speak for myself, but judging from what was said yesterday by the Minister of justice Ayelet shaked, she shares my point of view,» he said.
Recall that on 5 August in an interview to the Second channel ITV, the Minister of justice Ayelet shaked said that he sees no point in early elections. «The government is functioning, the Ministers are working successfully, and if the investigation ends without the filing of an indictment, the present government can survive until 2019,» – said the Minister of justice. She explained that the law does not require the Prime Minister to resign in the event of a filing against him in the indictment. Commenting on the political situation on the background of the investigation, shaked said: «If a decision is made on filing of the indictment, the coalition factions would meet and discuss the next steps.»
Editorial NEWSru.co.il asked for a comment in a press-service of the Minister of education and leader of the party «Bayt Yehudi» Naftali Bennett. At the moment the response is received.