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Netanyahu's immunity triggers mass protests in Israel

May 26, 2019 at 10:39 am

Demonstrators hold placards and shout slogans during the protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel on 3 March 2019 [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Anadolu Agency]

Legislative steps that could grant Prime Israeli Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution have triggered a mass demonstration in Tel Aviv.

Demonstrators gathered outside Tel Aviv Museum late Saturday to protest moves by Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition partners to pass legislation to safeguard the prime minister from prosecution.

The mass rally was organised by Israeli opposition parties, who accuse Netanyahu of seeking to limit the Supreme Court’s powers to prosecute him.

In February, Israeli Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit said he was considering charging Netanyahu on corruption and bribery in three different cases.

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The Supreme Court will determine whether Netanyahu must resign.

In office for a decade, Netanyahu won a record fifth term in the April 9 polls after his right-wing Likud party won 36 seats in Knesset (Israel’s parliament).

He now has a deadline until May 29 to form a new government.

If he manages to form a new government, Netanyahu will be the longest-serving leader in Israel’s history.

Last week, a Likud member said Netanyahu may call for re-elections if no significant progress was made in coalition talks.