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Sara Netanyahu ruled out previous effort to reach plea deal in husband’s case

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Former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu attempted to reach a plea deal in his three criminal cases some two years ago, The Times of Israel’s Hebrew sister-site Zman Yisrael reported Friday, but the proposal was vetoed by Netanyahu’s wife Sara.

According to the report, the offer discussed between a top Netanyahu attorney and Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit at the start of 2020 was very similar to the one the sides are now reported to be negotiating: Bribery charges would be removed from the indictment against Netanyahu and he would admit to charges of fraud and breach of trust. In return, he would then receive a mild sentence of community service and be convicted of “moral turpitude” — ejecting him from public life for at least seven years and likely ending his political career.

According to Zman Yisrael, Sara Netanyahu rejected the proposal out of hand.

Netanyahu, the opposition leader, is on trial in three separate graft cases, after being indicted in 2019 for fraud, breach of trust and bribery. News broke earlier this week that the former prime minister was conducting secret negotiations with Mandelblit over a potential plea deal.

TV networks reported on Thursday that the two sides are very close to signing a deal, although one major sticking point remains. According to Channel 13 news, prosecutors will only agree to a deal that includes an admission of moral turpitude and community service for Netanyahu. Netanyahu is said to be trying to avoid the moral turpitude........

© The Times of Israel

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