Netanyahu not interested in bill designed to protect incumbent prime ministers

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the storm surrounding the bill aimed at preventing criminal investigations against incumbent prime ministers, explaining: “I’m not interested in any bill concerning the ongoing investigations related to me.”
Netanyahu and Bitan Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

In the wake of the Israeli coalition’s crisis and the confrontation between the Likud and HaBayit HaYehudi parties regarding the coalition-proposed bill, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu provided his initial response today (Sunday) concerning the bill aimed at preventing criminal investigations against incumbent prime ministers. “I’m not interested in any bill concerning the ongoing investigations related to me,” Netanyahu stated. At the Likud ministers’ meeting, during which Netanyahu expressed his opinion regarding the issue, there was criticism against coalition leader David Bitan and his conduct.

“There’s no better coalition than this coalition and there’s no alternative to this coalition,” stated Israeli Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin. “We must solve the crises quietly and not in the media because talk of the crisis creates an atmosphere for elections.” Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz and Communications Minister Ayoob Kara sided with Elkin’s position. Bitan responded to Elkin stating that “this government isn’t everything” and that sometimes, they must stand up for their principles.

As reported last week by JOL, Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit addressed the coalition-proposed bill during an Israeli Justice Ministry conference at Tel Aviv University, saying: “This is an absurd proposal.”

“Let’s assume that the Prime Minister receives 1 million shekels in his bank account,” said Mandelblit. “In return, the Prime Minister grants the money giver personal favors. This bill means that we cannot investigate in this case. Will we wait eight years to start collecting evidence? There is a real problem of equality before the law.”



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