AFP: Israeli PM Netanyahu defiant after corruption indictment21 November 2019 | 23:08 | FOCUS News Agency
The shock announcement compounded the political chaos gripping Israel, which has been without a government for months and faces the prospect of its third election in a year.
After months of suspense, Israel's longest-serving premier was charged by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit with bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
Netanyahu immediately hit back in an often vitriolic 15-minute speech, accusing the judiciary, police and others of plotting against him with "false" and "politically motivated" allegations.
"What is going on here is an attempt to stage a coup against the prime minister," he charged in a televised address.
"The object of the investigations was to oust the right from government."
He vowed to stay on as interim premier despite potential court dates and intense political pressure.
"I will continue to lead this country, according to the letter of the law," he said.
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