Benjamin Netanyahu, in the White House, after meeting with the president of the United States, Donald Trump – Contact
He says he wants to end the “dirty game” against him in the Israeli Parliament
JERUSALEM, 28 (EUROPE PRESS)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sent a letter to the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, requesting that he withdraw his request for immunity against corruption cases in which he is being investigated, the newspaper The Jerusalem Post reported '.
In his letter, Netanyahu says that while he is on an official trip to the United States, where on Tuesday the US president, Donald Trump, will present his proposal for a peace plan for Israelis and Palestinians, the Israeli Parliament is preparing to open “the circus of immunity, “maintaining a” personal persecution “against him.
“Instead of understanding the entity of the moment and ignoring political considerations, they continue to be involved in cheap policy that damages at a crucial moment in the history of the state. Without having had due process because all the rules of the Knesset have been trampled and all Once the results of the process are decided in advance without proper discussion, I have decided not to let this dirty game continue, “said the prime minister and Likud leader.
Netanyahu has said that on Tuesday he announced to the president of the Knesset, Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, that he withdraws his request for parliamentary immunity and that he will “rebut the complaints” filed against him.
“But now, I will not let my political rivals use this issue to interfere with this historic decision that I am leading. As I have done all my life, I will continue to invest everything for the future of our country and you, the citizens of Israel,” concluded.
Following the announcement of the prime minister, Israel's attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, can now announce the start of the criminal trial against Netanyahu in the Jerusalem District Court.
Netanyahu is charged by the Attorney General of Israel for bribes, fraud and breach of trust in three different cases. The most serious of all is the 4000 case, in which it will face charges for bribes, fraud and breach of trust for promoting regulations that benefited the majority shareholder of the Bezeq group, Shaul Elovitch, in exchange for favorable coverage of the Walla portal .
In case 1000, the prime minister is charged with fraud and breach of trust for receiving illegal gifts valued at 700,000 shekels (about 183,000 euros) in exchange for favors. In the case of 2000, he has been charged with fraud and breach of trust for agreeing with 'Yedioth Ahronoth' to weaken the Israel Hayom competition newspaper – favorable to Netanyahu – in exchange for more favorable coverage to the prime minister in the first half. .
Netanyahu has taken the decision to withdraw his immunity request after realizing that his attempt to block the vote on his immunity in the Knesset would not succeed, so he chose to withdraw the request in the legislative chamber.
Senior Likud officials have praised the decision of the prime minister.
“Netanyahu has done well. The request for immunity was harmful and would have been better if he had not made it,” said those responsible for the government party, according to the newspaper 'Yediot Ahronoth'.