Sunday, March 24, 2019

Netanyahu should certainly sue Gantz and Yaalon for defamation

The prime minister wants to sue Gantz and Moshe Yaalon for inciting against him in the case of the submarine deal that Netanyahu's been exonerated from:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared on Friday that he would sue Benny Gantz and Moshe Ya’alon, the leaders of the Blue and White party, for libel after Ya’alon suggested his behavior in the submarine affair “could constitute treason.”

“The call of ‘traitor’ against me by [Yair] Lapid, [Benny] Gantz and Ya'alon is a serious incitement that must not be ignored,” Netanyahu said in a video posted to his Facebook page.

“The lies of Lapid, Gantz and Ya'alon are crossing a red line on the most sensitive issues concerning Israel's security. Therefore, I instructed my lawyers to sue them for libel,” added the Prime Minister.

Netanyahu said he would also have sued Lapid, but that Lapid has parliamentary immunity as a sitting MK.

Lapid later published a video of his own in which he declared he would remove his immunity and invited the Prime Minister to sue him as well.

“You know very well that not me, not Benny Gantz, not Bogie Ya’alon and not Gabi Ashkenazi called you a traitor in the submarine affair,” said Lapid.
But it was. And Lapid's not doing any favors now by backing them up. Mainly because:
Police have also stressed that the Prime Minister is not suspected of any connection to the affair.
And that's why it's ludicrous and offensive to accuse Netanyahu of something he's not a suspect in. By all means, I do believe Netanyahu should sue. It would be a very good way to fight back against political defamation.

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