Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu His petition for a corruption trial is said to reach a bargain, which will mark an unexpected hasty end to his turbulent political career and re-emerge in Israeli politics.
Israeli The media on Sunday was dominated by news of Netanyahu, the leader of the Likud party and the leader of the opposition. He was ousted last year from a 12-year government, Has reached advanced negotiations with the Attorney General’s Office.
In the reported agreement, Netanyahu will plead guilty to two counts of breach of trust, resulting in suspended imprisonment and a few months’ imprisonment being converted into social service.
There is a key element of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblitt’s insistence on the charge of moral turmoil – the formal announcement that Netanyahu wants to avoid it because it could prevent him from seven years of political life.
The former prime minister has been accused of trading preferential treatment to a major Israeli telecom company in exchange for positive articles on its Wala news site. He is accused in a second case involving solicitation of favorable coverage, and a third in connection with receiving gifts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars from wealthy friends.
The 72-year-old rejected calls for his resignation after being indicted in 2019, using the platform to repeatedly lash out at law enforcement, the media and the courts for conducting a “witch hunt” against him.
Netanyahu’s trial is set to begin in 2020, with the country embroiled in a two – year political crisis following four elections, with voters stalled over his leadership and indictment.
The lawsuits against him were expected to drag on for years – but the former prime minister’s legal committee appears to have decided to file a petition, as Mandel Blitz’s attorney general’s term expires this month and he is unlikely to replace Netanyahu’s cases. The bargain ends.
Retired Supreme Court President Aaron Barak, a longtime ally of Netanyahu, is said to have acted as a liaison between the former prime minister and public prosecutors. Speaking to the Ynet news website, he said of his role in the talks: “In my view, this is a unique allegation and investigation that is causing division in the country. In an effort to heal that divide, a request bargain is a desirable option. This position is favorable and important to the State of Israel.
A plea deal that Netanyahu has been banned from for many years in politics will effectively end his life.
This will trigger a leadership rivalry for Likud and its fall will resonate in unpredictable ways. Likud could go into a civil war over the choice of a new chair, thwarting attempts to destabilize the multi-party coalition government that took office last June.
However, if the party fully agrees with a new leader, right-wing elements of the ruling coalition may rescind the current arrangement and consider favoring a government that is politically compatible with the new Likud chair.
On Sunday, the daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth quoted Likud as saying that Netanyahu had “switched to low gear” in recent months, keeping secret talks with his party secret.
The former prime minister “was less focused, less focused, he did not attend much of the Knesset plenum meetings, he canceled factional meetings. His only act was to attack senior members of the party and post childish videos on TikTok. It has no way to lead the opposition.
Netanyahu is also considering making a deal on his corruption allegations Compromise in defamation suit against his predecessor As Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert.
Netanyahu has demanded 837,000 shekels (£ 197,000) in damages from Ligud leader Olmert over allegations he made in interviews that his wife Sarah and eldest son Yair – including right-wing civilians – were mentally ill.
Judge Amit Yariv said at a hearing last week that Olmert’s comments were more than true – a compromise made by a spokesman for the Netanyahu family was acceptable, although there was no immediate indication that Olmert would accept it.
With the exception of Netanyahu, Olmert is the only Israeli prime minister to face trial on corruption charges. He was convicted in 2015 and served two-thirds of his 27-month sentence for fraud.
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