Israel’s Ex-Defense Minister Demands Netanyahu’s Immediate Resignation

Top officials say wave of corruption scandals compel Netanyahu to step down for good of the nation

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Israel's former minister of defense Moshe Ya'alon insists that the various corruption scandals surrounding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compels the latter to resign immediately.

"The prime minister must resign today–immediately," Ya'alon said during a cultural event in the coastal town of Netanya.

"There is a lack of confidence in the leadership. If the considerations from above are not clean, I am not positive that there is not also an effect on IDF enlistment," he added.

Before serving as minister of defense, Ya'alon was the IDF chief of general staff. He was fired from his cabinet position in 2016 after publicly disagreeing with Netanyahu's policy decisions.

Of particular concern to Ya'alon at present is the scandal surrounding Israel's purchase of naval vessels from a German conglomerate with which several Israeli officials appear to have ties.

A number of close associates and relatives of Netanyahu have been caught up in what is known as Case 3000, though the prime minister himself is not a suspect.

Even so, Ya'alon said that "people don’t understand how much the corruption harms all of us. Think about what you could with two billion euros instead of going with a deal for naval vessels that there is no need for."

PHOTO: Former Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe "Boogie" Ya'alon speaks at the Hebrew University, on January 18, 2017. Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90

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