Likud Expecting Netanyahu Indictment Announcement on Tuesday

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party is preparing for the prospect that the premier will be indicted on Tuesday.

Likud officials have received information that Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit will be announcing the filing of the indictment within four days, or at the very latest prior to a prosecutors' conference in Eilat scheduled for November 26.

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The party is now planning a public relations effort to scuttle public demands for the prime minister to be declared incapacitated and take an immediate leave of absence if an indictment is filed.

As part of its efforts, Likud seeks to stage a joint demonstration with the right-wing Im Tirtzu NGO near Mendelblit's Petah Tikva home on Monday evening to express support for the prime minister.

Party officials believe that thousands would turn out for the demonstration but at this point the police are not permitting such a protest to take place on Monday.

After many similar demonstrations in front of Mendelblit's house, the police have moved protests to a nearby location and limited such gatherings to Tuesdays and Saturdays.

"Anyone for whom Israeli democracy is dear must turn up at this point in time on Netanyahu's side," said Im Tirtzu director Matan Peleg.