Saturday, May 18, 2024
 
 

Netanyahu asks for immunity from corruption charges

EPA-EFE/ABIR SULTAN
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference in Jerusalem, 01 January 2020.

- Advertisement -

Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Wednesday his decision to file a request for legal parliamentary immunity from prosecution in corruption charges he’s facing.
In November, Netanyahu was charged by the attorney general with bribery, breach of trust and fraud in three separate cases.
Denying any wrongdoing, Netanyahu had signalled that he would not need to seek immunity from Knesset, Israeli Parliament, as the charges against him were a politically motivated “witch-hunt”, which would not hold up.
“I will come to court and quash all the ridiculous libels against me”, said Netanyahu.
His decision will delay the trial at least after Israel’s third national elections within a year, scheduled for March 2, as no trial can begin, once the immunity request is made.
To be granted the immunity, Netanyahu needs to secure the votes of more than half of the Knesset’s members. Under Israeli law, a sitting PM is only required to step down once convicted.
In light of recent developments in the Middle East with the US airstrikes killing Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, early on Friday, Netanyahu had to shorten his trip in Greece to return to Israel.
Cyprus, Israel and Greece signed on Thursday a major energy agreement on the EastMed gas pipeline, aiming at enhancing trilateral cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean.

- Advertisement -

Subscribe to our newsletter

Latest

Tackling new threats to critical energy infrastructure

The explosions that targeted the Nord Stream pipelines from...

Georgia’s “Foreign Representatives Law” moves forward amid protests

On May 14, Georgia’s parliament approved (84/150) a hotly...

North Macedonia: Sliding back towards the political dark side?

As most analysts predicted after the strong showing of...

A Green 5+1, regional water issues in Central Asia and previewing next year’s Astana International Forum

Kazakhstan’s Astana International Forum (AIF) has been postponed to 2025, as Astana...

Don't miss

Tackling new threats to critical energy infrastructure

The explosions that targeted the Nord Stream pipelines from...

Georgia’s “Foreign Representatives Law” moves forward amid protests

On May 14, Georgia’s parliament approved (84/150) a hotly...

North Macedonia: Sliding back towards the political dark side?

As most analysts predicted after the strong showing of...

A Green 5+1, regional water issues in Central Asia and previewing next year’s Astana International Forum

Kazakhstan’s Astana International Forum (AIF) has been postponed to 2025, as Astana...

Navigating the climate challenges for COP29

The impacts of climate change have become more evident...

New U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Humanitarian Issues named

Although currently traveling in China, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced a reshuffling of the position of Special Envoy for Middle East Humanitarian...

New sanctions ordered following Iran’s April 13 missile and drone attacks against Israel

Following Iran’s massive, but ineffective, missile and drone strikes against Israel April 13, the United States and the United Kingdom announced their new sanctions...

Wider Middle East regional conflict must be avoided

In a moment of growing tensions in the Middle East, NE Global sat down for an interview about the Iran-Israel crisis with Giuseppe Manna,...

Can Innovation Diplomacy End the Climate Gamble?

With today’s global challenges urging equally global responses, an overlooked subset of diplomacy emerges as potentially pivotal: innovation diplomacy, a discipline related to the...

Eyeing competitors, OPEC+ countries will keep cutting oil production

Several OPEC+ countries are extending additional voluntary cuts of 2.2 million barrels per day, aimed at supporting what they are labeling "the stability and...

First Ukraine, now Gaza: the impact of war has set us back on climate change

Discussions of man-made global warming are usually based on a 1-degree Celsius rise since 1880 due to the burning of fossil fuels like coal,...

Stability in the Middle East must involve the whole of the international community

The pacifist Jeannette Rankin once famously claimed that “you can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake”. As the latest...

What will it take to prevent a Gaza reconstruction fiasco?

Let us be unequivocal about the current war between Israel and the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas - the latter declared this war on Israeli...