Report: Netanyahu negotiates plea deal in corruption case

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is negotiating a plea deal over corruption allegations that threaten to tarnish his legacy and force him out of politics for years, Related press reported Sunday, citing a person involved in the negotiations.

An agreement could be signed as early as this week. If a deal is struck, it could trigger a race for the leadership of Mr Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party, but spare Mr. Netanyahu from a potentially damaging trial.

One issue that led to the deal was the inclusion of an allegation of “immorality” that would ban Netanyahu from politics for seven years under Israeli law. Any deal could be challenged in court, and protesters gathered outside the attorney general’s home over the weekend to protest the potential deal. Read more at Related press. Report: Netanyahu negotiates plea deal in corruption case

Huynh Nguyen

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