Pressure is mounting on Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who remains in office while fighting corruption charges, which he denies. In July, thousands of protestors demanded Netanyahu step down, angered also by the government’s COVID-19 response. The economy has been hit hard, and cases have spiked in an apparent second wave.
Nir Barkat, an MP for Netanyahu’s Likud Party and ally of the prime minister, said that the trial was happening “in parallel” and was “not an issue for us Israelis.” He spoke to Conflict Zone host Tim Sebastian this week from Jerusalem. Watch the show and let us know what you think in the comments.
00:56 Netanyahu trial “not an issue for us Israelis”
05:02 Why not stand aside?
08:00 “We are not at war” with Supreme Court
11:50 Hate speech accusations
13:14 “People get carried away in elections”
17:26 Dire conditions for Palestinians in Jerusalem
19:06 Annexation deadline
19:56 “Nobody is going anywhere”
23:58 “Israel knows how to create real peace deals”
Conflict Zone is Deutsche Welle’s top political interview. Every week, our hosts Tim Sebastian and Sarah Kelly are face to face with global decision-makers, seeking straight answers to straight questions, putting the spotlight on controversial issues and calling the powerful to account.
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