Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted an ad on Sunday featuring a clip from “Fox & Friends,” in which co-host Pete Hegseth calls the potential charges against Netanyahu “trumped up” and from Israel’s “deep state.”
“Fox & Friends,” also known to be U.S. President Donald Trump’s favorite show, lauded Netanyahu, saying, “the people love him, they appreciate what he's done for the State of Israel and as a result he will fight this and he will not step down. He's been a great friend of the United States of America."
The post on Netanyahu's Facebook page said, "Watch what they say in one of the most popular programs in the United States about the persecution against me."
Hegseth made headlines around the world last month when he joked that he hadn't washed in his hands in over a month. "My 2019 resolution is to say things on air that I say off air. I don’t think I’ve washed my hands for 10 years. Really, I don’t really wash my hands ever,” Hegseth said.
On Thursday Netanyahu himself dismissed the charges as a politically motivated "witch-hunt" and vowed to clear his name.
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"There is nothing to these (allegations)," he said in a televised statement. "This entire house of cards will collapse."
Israel's attorney general announced on Thursday he intends to indict Netanyahu on corruption charges, a decision coming just six weeks before a closely contested national election.
It was the first time an encumbent Israeli prime minister has been put on official notice of planned prosecution, and deepened uncertainty over how Netanyahu, a veteran right-wing leader, will fare against a coalition of upstart centrist rivals.
An actual filing of the charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust would depend on the outcome of a required hearing, the Justice Ministry said, which could take months to complete.
Reuters contributed to this report