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Israel Prime Minister: Netanyahu to do everything to avoid prison

Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid in Jerusalem [Israeli Govt Press Office (GPO)/Anadolu Agency]
Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid in Jerusalem [Israeli Govt Press Office (GPO)/Anadolu Agency]

Prime Minister-designate, Benjamin Netanyahu, will do everything to avoid imprisonment, outgoing Israeli Premier, Yair Lapid, said on Monday, Reuters reports.

Addressing a conference in Jerusalem, Lapid said Netanyahu will seek to carry out judicial reforms to appoint judges to look into his corruption cases.

"The bottom line is he will become the second Prime Minister in the country's history to go to prison," Lapid said.

"There is nothing he won't do to prevent this," he added.

Netanyahu has been facing charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust since 2020, accusations he vehemently denies.

Ehud Olmert was the first Israeli Prime Minister to enter jail over corruption charges.

Netanyahu is currently in the process of consultation with right-wing parties to form the upcoming Israeli government, as his coalition secured a simple parliamentary majority that allows him to form the government.

READ: Morality cannot be divided: How Netanyahu's corruption has exposed Israel's 'democracy'

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