Netanyahu's Likud pushes members to rally behind him
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel’s ruling Likud Party is organizing a rally in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in what it hopes will be a show of force by the beleaguered Israeli leader as he battles a slew of corruption allegations.
Likud leaders have been putting heavy pressure on party activists to attend the rally on Wednesday evening in Tel Aviv.
They say it’s meant to counter a vicious campaign by leftist media and overzealous police and state prosecution. But the gathering will also provide a test of Netanyahu’s popularity and control over his party.
Israeli police suspect Netanyahu of being involved in bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Last week, a former top aide agreed to testify against Netanyahu, raising speculation that an indictment could come soon.
Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing.