Netanyahu Being 'Politically Assassinated Like Rabin, Minus the Actual Killing,' Political Ally Says

Netanyahu and his family have been through 'practically everything. It's murder, by every meaning of the word'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) arrives for a special Knesset session in memory of late Israeli prime minister Yitzak Rabin (portrait) in Jerusalem on October 26, 2015
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What Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is experiencing is akin to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, with the exception that he hasn't been murdered, Miki Zohar, a member of Netanyahu's Likud party and chairman of the a key Knesset committee, told a radio interviewer on Monday. Zohar also theorized that the police were involved in a conspiracy to oust the premier.

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Speaking on Radio Haifa, Zohar said that in his view, "what we are seeing today is the political assassination of a prime minister which includes political persecution," he said, adding that the deeds done in 1995 – in which Rabin was gunned down in Tel Aviv during a protest – are as grave now as they were then. Netanyahu, he noted, "hasn't had his life taken" but the premier and his family have been through "practically everything," Zohar said. "It's murder, by every meaning of the word," Zohar said.

The radio chat with Zohar followed the police recommendation to charge Netanyahu with graft and breach of trust in the cases dubbed "1000" and "2000," involving, respectively gifts from billionaires and quid-pro-quo deal with a media publisher.

Zohar compared between the undemocratic removal of Rabin "by a loathsome murderer" with what he termed the undemocratic attempts to remove Netanyahu.

"Yes, I make the comparison," Zohar said. "I compare between Rabin's murder and what's being done to the prime minister. Because what they're doing to the prime minister is everything, other than taking his life. They're doing everything they can to remove him from office and do not cavil at any means, which is why it's just as serious [as Rabin's assassination]."

Zohar also accused the police of being biased against Netanyahu. "It isn't objective," Zohar stated. "I have a conspiracy theory that Segelovich (Yoav, former head of investigations at the police), a friend of the investigators, who used to work with them and command some of them, and [Yesh Atid party leader] Yair Lapid are cooking up some plot together, to remove the prime minister from office by undemocratic means."