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Report: Prosecutors believe Netanyahu will sign plea deal, perhaps even next week

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Talks between Benjamin Netanyahu and Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit on a potential plea deal in the former prime minister’s criminal trial have made significant progress, and the state prosecution believes the ex-Israeli leader will sign such a deal within days, Channel 12 news reported Friday evening, citing unnamed officials.

The report said top officials assess Netanyahu has decided to go for a deal, and that an agreement could be finalized as early as next week.

Channel 13, also reporting on the latest developments, was less bullish on the prospects of a deal. It cited unnamed people with knowledge of the matter as saying it seemed like “a 50/50” matter.

Without citing a source, the network said Netanyahu’s family does not oppose such a deal, after rejecting previous talk of an agreement.

However, Channel 12 also noted that Mandelblit strongly distrusts Netanyahu, and has rejected proposals by the latter’s attorneys to start exchanging texts of an amended charge sheet for a deal.

Netanyahu, he insists, must first accept as a basic condition the framework of the deal: that he will be convicted of fraud and breach of trust; that he will remain an MK until the court determines his punishment and sentences him to 3-6 months in jail that will be commuted to community service; and that he will agree that his actions will be designated as carrying “moral turpitude” — barring him from public service for seven years.

Only after the premier fully........

© The Times of Israel

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