Israel braces for bitter fight after Netanyahu indictment
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment is expected to sharpen the battle lines in Israel. Netanyahu was charged with serious accusations of corruption on Thursday, dashing hopes for a unity government after September’s elections. In a speech late on Thursday, Netanyahu called the accusations an attempted coup while his main opponent, the Blue and White party, called for immediate resignation. The Blue and White party cited a Supreme Court ruling that stated indicted ministers may not continue to hold office.
Although he is not legally obligated to resign, Netanyahu currently faces heavy pressure to do so. Specific charges include bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, all of which Netanyahu has denied. Some members of Netanyahu’s Likud party have expressed support for Netanyahu, but the majority have yet to comment. Netanyahu can either deny the charges or seek a plea deal in which he agrees to resign and avoid jail.