Hundreds of Israelis have held rallies again in Tel Aviv, protesting corruption and demanding that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resign. The indictment recommendation has prompted calls among Israeli opposition leaders for Netanyahu to leave office. The head of Labor Party Avi Gabbay and Yair Lapid who chairs the opposition Yesh Atid party have urged the premier’s coalition partners to leave his ranks. The groundswell of support for Netanyahu's resignation has raised the specter of early elections. As the election stands most likely to reinstate him, some critics accuse Netanyahu of intentionally letting the political crisis come to a head to trigger the vote so that he can stay in power even if indicted.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.