Israel's Netanyahu seeks immunity from corruption charges

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to deliver a statement regarding his intention to file a request to the Knesset for immunity from prosecution, in Jerusalem on January 1, 2020. PHOTO | GIL COHEN-MAGEN | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving premier, is fighting for his political survival on two fronts -- the corruption allegations and stiff opposition from a new centrist party.
  • Netanyahu was charged by the attorney general in November with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate corruption cases.
  • Reacting to the premier's announcement, his rival Benny Gantz, the leader of the centrist Blue and White party, said "Netanyahu knows that he is guilty."
  • A sitting prime minister is only required to step down once convicted and after all avenues of appeal have been exhausted.



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