In a move threatening to end the longtime prime minister's career in Israel, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit on Tuesday filed a petition for corruption prosecution against Benjamin Netanyahu before a court in Jerusalem. The decision comes hours after the head of government had waived his immunity, ahead of Tuesday's scheduled vote in the Kneset (Legislative Assembly) to withdraw parliamentary protection with a majority vote across the opposition.
With only four weeks left for the Israelis to vote in the third legislative election in less than a year, history is accelerating in the Middle East with a political strategy and territorial power with unpredictable consequences. On the same day that Netanyahu plans to attend the White House to present President Donald Trump's peace plan, previously considered the most favorable proposal for Israeli interests throughout the history of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, opposition, justice and Palestinian leaders are redoubling their actions to end a decade-long political hegemony.
Attorney General Mandelblit, who was appointed by Netanyahu after serving as a legal adviser to his Government, has been reluctant to submit to the Jerusalem District Court the statement of objections he made public on November 21, in which he accused the prime minister in three cases of corruption for bribery, fraud and abuse of power. This legal process sets in motion the prosecution of Netanyahu, who is nevertheless not required to resign as long as there is no final ruling by the Supreme Court against him in a proceeding that may be delayed several years before his imprisonment. possible. For the Likud leader, the prosecution's allegations were due to "a coup attempt" to appeal to him for power without going to the polls.
While the head of government was still in Washington waiting for the contents of the call to be known century deal, in which the Trump administration has been working for the past three years, Kneset was preparing to vote the constitution of the committee reviewing parliamentary immunity requirements. This House Internal Affairs Committee could not have been formed because of three electoral processes that have been going on in Israel for more than a year, with two elections with inconclusive results, in April and September last year, and the repetition of electoral rolls convened for March 2.