Former Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh, who led the investigations against Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, broke his silence on the eve of the Prime Minister's trial.
"I did not believe the trial would take place as long as Netanyahu was in office," he told Channel 12. "This is a failing grade for all those around him."
Alsheikh addressed a Thursday statement by Likud MK David Amsalem, in which he attacked Attorney General Mandelblit, saying there was "no doubt among the Israeli people" that the Attorney General was a "criminal" in reference to allegations that Mandelblit obstructed a 2010 investigation against recently appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabi Ashkenazi (Blue and White). The former police chief said that Amsalem was attempting to "undermine the balance of the system as a whole," and called his behavior "mafia-like."
"What is equally shocking is the silence of most politicians. If the leadership continues to remain silent after such attacks, judges trying Netanyahu's case will fall in line very quickly," he said.
Regarding the election of a permanent police commissioner, Alsheikh said, "My opinion has not changed. There is no reason or justification for selecting a candidate from the outside. There are worthy candidates within the organization and there is no justification for shaking up the police force. If they do it anyway, there's something fishy here."
Netanyahu is charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in Cases 1000, 2000, and 4000. His trial will take place in the courtroom of the President of the District Court, Aaron Farkash, in which the trial of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was also held.
The number of people in attendance will be limited, they will be asked to maintain a two-meter distance in accordance to Ministry of Health regulations. Members of the media will not be present at the trial.