If He Can’t be Stopped with Ballots, Perhaps He Can be Stopped with Laws (AUDIO INTERVIEW)
An Israeli legal expert weighs in on the latest efforts to bar Binyamin Netanyahu, under criminal indictment and heading for trial, from being allowed to form a government
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party apparently won the most parliamentary seats in Monday’s election. But Netanyahu is scheduled to go on trial for alleged corruption starting March 17, and there are those who would like to see him barred from staying on the job.
Under current Israeli law, a sitting prime minister, even under indictment, can remain in office until proven guilty and exhausting all avenues of appeal. But an organization promoting good governance wants the country’s top court to intervene, saying that anyone being tried on charges of such magnitude cannot possibly have enough time to run a country. There are also reports that parliamentarians will try to pass a new law making it illegal for the president to ask someone under indictment to form a government.
The Media Line turned to Dr. Amir Fuchs, an Israeli expert on law and democracy who is affiliated with the Israel Democracy Institute, to weigh in on these efforts.