Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denied allegations of corruption and said the newly formed Israeli alliance that was about to oust him was the result of “the greatest electoral fraud” in the history of democracy.
With power for 12 consecutive years, Netanyahu faces the shocking defeat of an eight-party coalition led by his hatred.
“We see the worst electoral fraud in the history of the country, in my opinion in the history of every democracy,” Netanyahu said in response to a statement from MPs from his right-wing Likud party.
After a court hearing on corruption cases that could land him in jail, Netanyahu has urged his supporters to put down the rebels before they vote.
On Saturday, Israeli Shin Bet chief of staff Shin Bet Nadav Argaman issued a scathing statement warning people about the “amount of insults and harassment” on television.
“The issue is being heard by groups or individuals that it supports illegal violence that could be life-threatening,” Argaman said, urging government officials to “provide a clear demonstration to address the issue.”
Shin Bet’s spokesman would not tell AFP if Argaman was referring to a group or a person who was being intimidated, simply saying: “This is the right place to stand.”
Opponents of Netanyahu and other journalists have interpreted Argaman’s warning to the Prime Minister.
“There is very little line between political opposition and the promotion of violence,” Netanyahu said on Sunday.
“We cannot say that when opposition comes from the right, it encourages violence, and when it comes from the left, that it is the right way to exercise free speech,” he told a rally of Likud party members.
“I condemn the root causes of all violence,” he added.
Netanyahu claimed to have been the “most dangerous” campaigner and called for a coalition to change the “left-wing government”.
The union has three right-wing wings, two centrist and two left-wing parties and a the party of the Palestinian citizens of Israel.
Under the agreement, Naftali Bennett of the right-wing Yamina will be Prime Minister for two years, replacing the centenary Cent Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party in 2023.
Netanyahu’s supporters have been working hard to win over Yamina’s less-active allies along with Palestinian Israelis and the Jewish remnant.
Some have staged demonstrations outside Yamina’s parliament.
A parliamentary vote, the last step in establishing a new government, could be held on Wednesday or next Monday, according to Israeli media reports.
Speaking on television, Bennett asked Yariv Levin, a spokesman for Netanyahu’s House of Representatives and trustee, not to try to buy time to urge members of the new coalition to leave, and said he should vote Wednesday. There was no immediate comment from Levin.
“Stop it. Let the country move forward,” Bennett told Netanyahu, who has been working since 2009.
“Netanyahu, do not leave hot soil behind you. All of us, as a nation, want to remember the wonderful things you did in your ministry. ”
The parliamentary security committee said it would hold an emergency meeting on Monday at 9am (06:00 GMT) “based on the extraordinary warning made by Shin Bet leader” as well as calls from Israeli diplomats – who seized East East Thursday.