Haim Ramon
Haim Ramon Ori Luntz, Flash 90

Former Justice Minister Haim Ramon has urged that Israel pass a law on the lines of the one in France, preventing a sitting Prime Minister from being tried in court.

In an interview with Channel 13, Ramon said that a proper trial cannot happen if the defendant is serving as prime minister, since such a trial rips the nation in half, and any decision by the judges would be seen as unfair by half of the people. As such, the expectation that the judges will decide if a sitting prime minister is guilty or innocent is an "inhuman" demand.

Ramon also noted that the protests against the judicial system were started by the left, with their protests against Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, during which they said "horrible" things about him.

Those who attack Netanyahu see themselves as enlightened and correct, but they would also name-call anyone speaking about why Netanyahu might be innocent, he said.

In his opinion, there is no option other than to adopt the French Law, even though "today it is too late" for the law to help the current case, in which Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is being tried for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust.

"Today it is too late, but I am convinced that we need the French Law. It is unthinkable that we are the only country in the world whose every prime minister has been harshly investigated. It's not logical and it cannot be that they are all corrupt and thieves. It could be that the system thirsts for convictions."

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