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Netanyahu's Likud Pushes Members to Rally behind Him

Israeli police suspect Netanyahu of being involved in bribery, fraud and breach of trust
By The News · 09 of August 2017 09:05:45
Benjamin Netanyahu (left), El primer ministro israelí Benjamin Netanyahu (izq) en conferencia de prensa con el primer ministro húngaro Viktor Orban en Budapest el 19 de julio del 2017. (Balazs Mohai/MTI via AP), photo: MTI/Balazs Mohai, via AP

Israel’s ruling Likud Party is organizing a rally in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in what it hopes will be a show of force by the beleaguered Israeli leader as he battles a slew of corruption allegations.

Likud leaders have been putting heavy pressure on party activists to attend the rally on Wednesday evening in Tel Aviv.

They say it’s meant to counter a vicious campaign by leftist media and overzealous police and state prosecution. But the gathering will also provide a test of Netanyahu’s popularity and control over his party.

Israeli police suspect Netanyahu of being involved in bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Last week, a former top aide agreed to testify against Netanyahu, raising speculation that an indictment could come soon.

Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing.