Netanyahu’s bid for parliamentary immunity puts his trial on hold for months

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision on Wednesday, Jan. 1, to seek parliamentary immunity for prosecution was a high-risk ploy to procure temporary relief from trial for the duration of Likud’s campaign for the March 3 election.  Whether this ploy works or not will not be known until the election results are in. In his televised speech to the nation, Netanyahu stressed that he has no intention of avoiding trial on the three corruption cases against him, only to continue serving the nation as is his “duty and privilege” as permitted by law.

But Netanyahu can’t be sure that the voting public will buy this argument. Even some Likud loyalists fear that his request for immunity may boomerang against him and the party. For now, court proceedings in his case remain on hold for several months. The prime minister said he was utterly confident that when his case comes to court, he will smash all the false accusations brought against him. He repeated his charge that the cases against him were set-ups to remove him from office “against the people’s will.” The immunity law is designed “to protect elected officials from being framed for false offenses and be able to serve the people according to the will of the people – not the functionaries.” Stressing this point, Netanyahu cited past instances of prosecutors and investigators fabricating cases against lawmakers and ministers in order to oust them.

Opposition Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz then went on camera to denounce the prime minister’s decision and declare that his party would do its utmost to make sure that the House Committee throws out his request for immunity. “Netanyahu knows he’s guilty; if he had done nothing wrong, he would not be afraid of a trial,” he said. “He is offering us an extremist government of immunity instead of a national government of unity,” Gantz commented. Yisrael Beitenu leader Avigdor Lieberman also pledged to vote against the prime minister’s application. It now goes before Knesset Speaker Yuri Edelstein for a decision on the next step. Edelstein will ask for an opinion from the Knesset legal adviser Eyal Yinon before making this decision.

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28 thoughts on “Netanyahu’s bid for parliamentary immunity puts his trial on hold for months

  • Jan 1, 2020 @ 22:35 at 22:35
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    No surprise here, Bibi will do anything to stay in power and keep our of prison. He knows that he is guilty and this is a easy option to buy some extra time. Hopefully this will be blocked by parliament so that this stinker can get flushed.

  • Jan 1, 2020 @ 22:57 at 22:57
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    Bibi Criminal Charges reminds me of what happen to Socrates last days. Socrates was always described as an honest, upright man, who was killed because his thinking was too advanced for the time. Socrates ticked off the Athenian leaders. A group of influential citizens sought revenge against him, but because of the amnesty they could not openly accuse him of collaboration. So they accused him of “corruptive influence”. After his trial, he was found guilty of corrupting the young minds of Athens and of impiety. The truth is, of course, much more complex. But Socrates was seen as a traitor to Athens & agree to commit Suicide if they voted him Guilty. He was sentenced to die by drinking hemlock, which is poisonous.

    • Jan 1, 2020 @ 23:34 at 23:34
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      Think Bibi would be willing to enjoy a good dose of hemlock? Its a great way for Bibi to be remembered as you said that will provide Bibi with some much needed similarities to Socrates for posterity? Personally i see more similarities between Bibi and a stinker that needs to be flushed but maybe history will be kinder.

    • Jan 2, 2020 @ 0:30 at 0:30
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      Thank you GST – you are right on. Intelligent, fair minded persons are always in the minority: in this post too…

  • Jan 2, 2020 @ 0:42 at 0:42
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    But I thought he is the Messiah. Noone can prosecute him. God works for him.

  • Jan 2, 2020 @ 1:55 at 1:55
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    Eat your hearts out, Oh bitter leftists . Bibi will not be dislodged while he has a job to do .

  • Jan 2, 2020 @ 3:34 at 3:34
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    black hawk down! black hawk down!!

    what is the status on the ground in I’m Your BAGHDADI?????

  • Jan 2, 2020 @ 6:20 at 6:20
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    Of all defective, hate-filled people, Tommy (above) is # 1 ! Congrats !

  • Jan 2, 2020 @ 9:19 at 9:19
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    The devil’s version of king David, killing a huge giant with a very small stone.

    Just look at the celebrants. Anti Israelis like e-DOG-an, Omar,sansour and the rest.
    What outcome can we expect? just invert Davidian chronicle. Shaking of Israel DIPLOMATICALLY, politically and militarily.

    How much influence do you think Putin and Trump want to drop away? They are the engineers of supremacist riding on white horses. No wonder Trump is wading off, even on issues Iran…. I suspectl pompeo is alone

    • Jan 2, 2020 @ 11:39 at 11:39
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      Tehillim 44:14 (15) Thou makest us a mashal (byword) among the Goyim, a shaking of the rosh among the peoples.

      Yirm 24:9 And I will deliver them for abhorrence, for an offense to kol mamlechot ha’aretz to be a reproach and a byword, a taunt and a kelalah (curse) in all places where I shall drive them.

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  • Jan 2, 2020 @ 9:24 at 9:24
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    BB Will Survive

  • Jan 2, 2020 @ 11:44 at 11:44
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    Cigars are not impeachable , Bibi is the best ever like Trump and Bolsonaro.
    G-D bless them.

  • Jan 2, 2020 @ 15:00 at 15:00
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    Bibi is my favorite Zionist, and only he can be depended upon to further the cause.

  • Jan 2, 2020 @ 15:56 at 15:56
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    חַלָה
    Our Dear Beloved Leader: “Is it physically impossible to be the leader of 5 ministries?”
    Leader: “Yes, of course! I work part-time to buy Jewish Hala bread for Sabbath – bribes are not given every day!

  • Jan 2, 2020 @ 17:15 at 17:15
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    GANTZ A DICTATOR AND AN IDIOT AND WILL BE THE BIG LOOSER . HE CANNOT BE ANGER BECAUSE BIBI ASKS FOR IMMUNITY. WE ARE A DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM AND ONLY THE PEOPLE BY VOTING CAN SAY THAT WE DONT WANT MORE OF BIB!!!!!!
    TO GANTZ RESPECTS AND HONORS THE DEMOCRACY. DONT BE GUIDED BY YOUR HATE OF BIBI YOU WILL LOSE . BIBI IS THE BEST FOR ISRAEL NOW AND TOMOROW

  • Jan 2, 2020 @ 18:48 at 18:48
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    Bibi is the best for Israel BUT please leave out Bibi blow by blow boxing commentaries.DEBKA does great with its news and stories. We don’t want to hear moaning by people like Ganz and others who cant knock him out in an election so they try all sorts of bobba meissers cigars champagne submarines .PLEASE EDITOR.

  • Jan 2, 2020 @ 20:45 at 20:45
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    Any news from the front lines? Any bombings early in the morning hours? I am thirsty for info!!

    • Jan 2, 2020 @ 20:50 at 20:50
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      Hold your horses! Battle Strike Group Abraham Lincoln is maneuvering to position up wind for optimal strike capability!! Good luck boys. Hit hem hard!!!!

      • Jan 2, 2020 @ 20:51 at 20:51
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        Glorious Young American Sailors! So potent!! Se virile!!! MMMMmmmmmm!

        • Jan 2, 2020 @ 21:34 at 21:34
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          Are the Frenchcoming on their Charles de Gaulle and bringing the Formidable Eurofighters?

          Now that would be mmmmmmmm mmm

          • Jan 2, 2020 @ 21:55 at 21:55
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            Nuclear Power A LA French Bro!!!!!

    • Jan 3, 2020 @ 4:12 at 4:12
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      America just whacked Iran’s General Soleimani and 6 bosses at the Baghdad airport. Check Fox news.

  • Jan 2, 2020 @ 21:40 at 21:40
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    Is that why the Shandong is steaming full ahead in an ‘unspecified’ direction? With 32 J-15s they will be a commanding force. Their subs must be already embedded in the gulf. Sleepers. Waiting for mother ship.

    • Jan 2, 2020 @ 21:45 at 21:45
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      Chinese Type 039A has been seen crossing the Bosporus a couple of days ago.

      • Jan 2, 2020 @ 22:08 at 22:08
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        Are the Brazilians sending into the mix Atlantico A140??? Heard Bolsonaro looking for some international stage time.

  • Jan 3, 2020 @ 3:34 at 3:34
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    HEY, EVERYBODY! FLASH (maybe). News flash reports that Solemenei IRCG commander was taken out at Baghdad airport! Can anybody confirm. I saw news bulletin about 8:30 Eastern Standard Time, state-side.

  • Jan 3, 2020 @ 15:13 at 15:13
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    Seems that bibi and bonespur are members of the same elite club they created. Their motto is I can do anything I want because I have special unlimited powers so no one can touch me.

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