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Netanyahu's delay tactic doesn't work

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AIn early January, Benjamin Netanyahu filed for parliamentary immunity from prosecution after the Attorney General's Office sent him indictments in three cases of corruption and infidelity. However, Israel's prime minister did not demand a quick debate about his request. Netanyahu hopes that the Knesset will not be on the immunity question before the March election – and that court dates will not be set for the time being. This has now been thwarted.

Jochen Stahnke

Jochen Stahnke

Political correspondent for Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Jordan, based in Tel Aviv.

As it currently looks, before the election on March 2, Netanyahu's immunity will be decided. The House Committee of the Knesset decides on immunity applications from MPs. This committee did not form after the September election, like most other Knesset committees, because Israel is led by a transitional government: no party camp could form a government coalition, which is why a new election is held on March 2 – it is the third election within a year.

Netanyahu's Likud argues that in times of a transitional government, no such Knesset committee can be formed and that there is not enough time to make adequate decisions on immunity applications. Netanyahu and his people are obviously playing for time, at best after the new election to have a majority in parliament that then votes for immunity.

Knesset spokesman Juli Edelstein, a party friend of Netanyahu, who is supposed to watch over parliamentary procedural questions, had spoken out against the formation of a committee on the question of immunity. Finally, however, he asked the Knesset legal adviser to decide on the question. The largest opposition party, blue and white, accused Edelstein of threatening gestures "like from mafia films". Their MPs had threatened to remove him if he blocked the formation of the committee.

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