Israels Supreme Court Discusses Netanyahus Fate as Prime Minister

JERUSALEM—Israels Supreme Court began a two-day hearing on Sunday to determine whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been indicted for corruption, will be allowed to form a new government.

A ruling against Netanyahu would likely trigger a snap election, the fourth since April 2019, as the country grapples with the COVID-19 crisis and its economic fallout.

Netanyahu and his main rival Benny Gantz signed an agreement last month to form a unity government under which they would take turns leading Israel after three elections that neither of them won.

Currently head of a caretaker government, Netanyahu will serve as prime minister of a new administration for 18 months before handing the reins to centrist Gantz, according to the unity deal.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with Israels health minister regarding preparations and new regulations for the CCP virus, at the Health Ministry in Jerusalem on March 4, 2020. (Gali Tibbon/AFP via Getty Images)

But several groups, including opposition parties and democracy watchdogs, have petitioned the countrys highest court to nullify the deal and bar Netanyahu from leading the government, citing the criminal proceedings against him.

Responding to the petition, Israels Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said there was no sufficient legal ground to disqualify NetanyahuRead More – Source