The first of the parties in the Likud-led bloc to come out in support of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday night was Shas.
“We support the prime minister, a person who has contributed immensely to the security and development of the State of Israel,” Shas said in a statement.
“Mr. Prime Minister, we believe and are confident that your innocence will be proven and justice will be served. Be strong and don’t fret. This is a difficult day for the State of Israel. We pray that Israel will come out of this tough crisis strong and unified.”
Culture Minister Miri Regev (Likud) backed the PM as well, taking up his attack on the prosecutors: “Public confidence in the State Prosecutor’s Office and the police is at the heart of the public storm. The government is carrying out a coup, and they must stop, to avoid a situation where the prosecutor’s office and police investigators are immune from criticism and are above the law.
“I want to strengthen the Prime Minister and his family at this difficult time. His speech was touching. The Prime Minister has rightly made a decision to continue his role as the law allows him, to fight for his justice and democratic rule in the State of Israel. I’m sure of the prime minister’s innocence, ” she said.