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Sara Netanyahu Signs Plea Agreement with Prosecutors

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12 Jun 2019 (All day)
Sara Netanyahu Signs Plea Agreement with Prosecutors
Attorney’s for Sara Netanyahu, the wife of the Prime Minister, announced on Wednesday morning that she had signed a plea agreement with prosecutors in the so-called “Prepared Food Affair” which will require her to pay a NIS 55,000 fine and have a conviction on the charge of intentionally exploiting another person's error entered into her criminal record, which allows her to avoid a conviction on more serious charges of fraud and breach of trust. The announcement came amidst a host of political developments relating to upcoming Knesset elections on 17 September.

Israel’s Labor Party was holding its convention Wednesday to decide, among other things, whether to retain the list of candidates which ran in the previous elections on 9 April for the upcoming elections or to form a new list. The convention comes a day after Party leader Avi Gabbay announced he would not run for re-election to his post but is still interested in being a candidate for Knesset.

Meanwhile, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz made a public appeal at a Knesset press conference Wednesday for Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit to advance the indictment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on various charges of fraud and bribery, saying that the unsettled nature of the cases is having a negative effect on the national life of the country.

“Netanyahu is weak, the original elections were brought forward because of his legal needs,” said Gantz.  “Instead of the government acting to advance the county, the state is causing a situation that the country is stuck, and all of this is because he is weak. Responsibility is now in the hands of the attorney-general and I call on him to halt this corrupt escape dance from judgement. There is a hearing, there is a date, this legal mumbo jumbo cannot continue. Things need to happen.”

Here is a video giving some analysis of the current political climate in Israel

 

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