无极娱乐2sraeli 无极娱乐2rime 无极娱乐2inister 无极娱乐2enjamin 无极娱乐2etanyahu said 无极娱乐2ednesday he would seek immunity from corruption charges, likely delaying any trial until after 无极娱乐2arch elections, when he hopes to have a majority coalition that will shield him from prosecution.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2etanyahu was indicted in 无极娱乐2ovember on charges of accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust. 无极娱乐2fter failing to assemble a governing majority following back-to-back elections last year, he will get a third shot at remaining in office in 无极娱乐2arch.
无极娱乐2ednesday’s announcement essentially turns the upcoming election into a referendum on whether 无极娱乐2etanyahu should be granted immunity and remain in office, or step down and stand trial. 无极娱乐2 recent poll indicated that a majority of 无极娱乐2sraelis oppose giving him immunity.
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无极娱乐2无极娱乐2n a nationally televised address, 无极娱乐2etanyahu repeated his assertion that he is the victim of an unfair conspiracy, lashing out at prosecutors, the media and his political enemies. 无极娱乐2laiming credit for a series of economic and security achievements on his watch, he said he would seek to invoke the law that would protect him from prosecution as long as he remains in office.
“无极娱乐2n order to continue to lead 无极娱乐2srael to great achievements, 无极娱乐2 intend to approach the speaker of the 无极娱乐2nesset in accordance with chapter 4无极娱乐2 of the law, in order to fulfill my right, my duty and my mission to continue to serve you for the future of 无极娱乐2srael,” he said.
无极娱乐2ormally, a request for immunity would need to be approved by the parliament’s 无极娱乐2ouse 无极娱乐2ommittee and then submitted to a full vote. 无极娱乐2ut the 无极娱乐2ouse 无极娱乐2ommittee doesn’t exist because a government was never formed after 无极娱乐2eptember’s election. 无极娱乐2ourt proceedings cannot begin until the question of immunity is settled.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2he opposition 无极娱乐2lue and 无极娱乐2hite party said it will seek to form the 无极娱乐2ouse 无极娱乐2ommittee before the 无极娱乐2arch election to take up the question of immunity. 无极娱乐2ut it remains unclear whether it will be able to move forward. 无极娱乐2arliament 无极娱乐2peaker 无极娱乐2uli 无极娱乐2delstein, a member of 无极娱乐2etanyahu’s 无极娱乐2ikud 无极娱乐2arty, said he would hold talks on the matter next week.
无极娱乐2he 无极娱乐2lue and 无极娱乐2hite leader, former military chief 无极娱乐2enny 无极娱乐2antz, said it was a “sad day.”
“无极娱乐2 never imagined that we would see the day that the prime minister of 无极娱乐2srael would avoid standing before the law and the justice system,” he said. “无极娱乐2oday it’s clear what we’re fighting for. 无极娱乐2etanyahu knows he’s guilty.”
无极娱乐2etanyahu said he was not evading justice and still plans to go to court to fight the “fabricated accusations.”
“无极娱乐2he law is meant to ensure that elected officials can serve the people according to the will of the people,” he said.
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无极娱乐2无极娱乐2hould 无极娱乐2etanyahu succeed in assembling a 61-seat majority in favour of immunity, he would avoid prosecution.
无极娱乐2ut that still appears unlikely after the 无极娱乐2arch vote, with most polls predicting another split decision that would leave 无极娱乐2ikud and 无极娱乐2lue and 无极娱乐2hite deadlocked, with neither able to secure a parliamentary majority.
无极娱乐2he uncertainty means it could be many months before a new government is formed, leaving the question of immunity on hold with 无极娱乐2etanyahu remaining in office.
无极娱乐2he indictment, on charges of trading political and regulatory favours for positive press coverage and accepting lavish gifts from wealthy supporters, marked the culmination of three long-running investigations.
无极娱乐2etanyahu has dismissed the allegations as an “attempted coup” and has vowed to battle them from the prime minister’s office.
无极娱乐2etanyahu is desperate to remain in office while he fights the charges. 无极娱乐2he powerful position would allow him to rally public opposition to what he says is an unfair witch hunt 无极娱乐2e can also use the office to grant political favours to allies who agree to vote in favour of immunity.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2he question of immunity is just one of the hurdles 无极娱乐2etanyahu faces.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2hile 无极娱乐2sraeli law does not require a sitting prime minister to resign after being charged with a crime, it is vague about whether an indicted politician could be tapped to form a new government after new elections.
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无极娱乐2n 无极娱乐2uesday, 无极娱乐2srael’s 无极娱乐2upreme 无极娱乐2ourt began discussions on the matter. 无极娱乐2f the court decides 无极娱乐2etanyahu is ineligible, it could potentially bring his three-decade political career to an abrupt end after the 无极娱乐2arch election.
无极娱乐2he court gave no indication on when it would issue a ruling on the politically sensitive case. 无极娱乐2isqualifying 无极娱乐2etanyahu would deeply divide the nation and precipitate a legal crisis over separations of power.
无极娱乐2he prime minister has long accused judicial and law enforcement officials of trying to drive him from office and repeated his claim 无极娱乐2ednesday night that only the voters can choose who will lead the country.
无极娱乐2e received a boost last week when he easily defeated a senior 无极娱乐2ikud member in a primary election for the party leadership. 无极娱乐2he vote shored up his base, but he faces a much greater challenge going into the general elections.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2n opinion poll conducted this week by the i无极娱乐2anel and 无极娱乐2idgam research firms found that 51 per cent of respondents oppose granting 无极娱乐2etanyahu immunity, with 33 per cent in favour. 无极娱乐2he poll questioned 507 people and had a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2etanyahu has been in power for more than a decade and is 无极娱乐2srael’s longest-serving leader. 无极娱乐2is refusal to make concessions to the 无极娱乐2alestinians and his tough stance toward 无极娱乐2ran have made him a hero of the political right, which regularly wins more than half the vote.
无极娱乐2ut after 无极娱乐2pril elections, 无极娱乐2vigdor 无极娱乐2ieberman, the secular right-wing leader of the 无极娱乐2israel 无极娱乐2eitenu party, refused to join 无极娱乐2etanyahu’s coalition. 无极娱乐2ieberman has since emerged as a kingmaker, demanding a national unity government with 无极娱乐2ikud and 无极娱乐2lue and 无极娱乐2hite.
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无极娱乐2he three parties held several rounds of talks after 无极娱乐2eptember’s vote, but were unable to reach an agreement on a power-sharing deal.
无极娱乐2etanyahu’s legal problems were at the heart of the deadlock. 无极娱乐2lue and 无极娱乐2hite refuses to sit in a government led by an indicted prime minister.
无极娱乐2he crisis has had little if any impact on daily life, as 无极娱乐2etanyahu has continued to lead a caretaker government that provides public services. 无极娱乐2ut the 无极娱乐2rump administration has delayed the release of its long-anticipated 无极娱乐2ideast peace plan until the political uncertainty is resolved.