Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the opening of the winter session of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem October 23, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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In an unusually blunt address to Parliament Monday, Israel's president accused the government of delegitimizing vital democratic institutions as part of a campaign of stifling opposition.President Reuven Rivlin opened the winter session of Parliament with a scathing critique of his former political home – the Likud Party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In recent months, Netanyahu has responded to various corruption investigations by attacking Israel's media, law enforcement, judiciary and other so-called "elites" he believes are bent on his removal.Netanyahu pointed to the German government's announcement Monday that it was ready to sign an agreement on three new submarines for Israel as evidence that there was nothing to the allegations against him.
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