2022-11-25 06:41:59

EXPLAINER: How Could Allies Help Netanyahu Beat Charges?

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By Associated Press

By ELEANOR H. REICH, Associated Press

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to return to office, from where he could try to make his yearslong legal troubles disappear through new legislation advanced by his far-right and ultra-Orthodox allies. Critics say such a legal crusade is an assault on Israel's democracy.

Netanyahu, 73, who is on trial for corruption, will likely be buoyed by a loyal and comfortable governing majority that could grant him a lifeline from conviction.

Defenders of the justice system say the proposed changes would allow legislators to abuse their authority and disrupt the tenuous balance of powers that keeps them in check.

It brings us to a situation where our entire democracy boils down to elections, but once you are elected you can do whatever you want, said Amir Fuchs, senior researcher at Jerusalems Israel Democracy Institute think tank. It is not a normal situation in any democracy.

Israels right wing has for years sought to change the justice system, portraying it as an interventionist and left-leaning roadblock to its legislative agenda. The makeup of the expected coalition now clears a path for such changes.

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