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The Law Against Democracy

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14.05.2019

Even though it’s still a work in progress, Benjamin Netanyahu’s fifth government could well turn out to be the most destructive of all. His back to the wall, waiting for Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit to decide whether to indict him for fraud, bribery and breach of trust, as part of the coalition negotiations between Likud and the Union of Right-Wing Parties, Netanyahu is advancing a far-reaching legislative initiative that would in part grant him immunity from prosecution.

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The bill’s purpose goes far beyond limiting the ability to determine the guilt of politicians suspected of corruption in general; it creates an escape route from the law for the criminal suspect in the prime minister’s residence. This is not just about overturning a 2005 amendment to the law governing Knesset members. Prior to that date, lifting the........

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