Speculation was rife over whether Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will apply to the Knesset by the end of the day for immunity from prosecution in the three cases filed against him. The original Basic Law gave elected lawmakers automatic immunity so long as they were in office. A 2005 amendment, however, requires a Knesset member under indictment to apply for immunity. Netanyahu can’t count on a majority of members for granting his appeal. But since the House Committee cannot be convened for this purpose in the outgoing Knesset, the appeal in itself would delay the legal process against the prime minister for months. During that time, Netanyahu could lead his Likud party’s campaign for re-election on March 3.