Israeli Supreme Court allows PM Benjamin Netanyahu to form the government

The Supreme Court of Israel on May 6 has ruled out the petition filed by the opposition parties seeking disqualifying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of forming the government over corruption charges.

The ruling of the Supreme Court has paved way for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to remain in power for the next 18 months as per the unity agreement signed with his election rival Benny Gantz.

The Supreme Court said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment on corruption charges does not disqualify him from forming a government and stated that the unity deal does not violate the law, dismissing arguments that it unlawfully shields the Prime Minister in a corruption trial.

In unanimous rulings, the 11-justice panel “found no legal basis to prevent Knesset member Netanyahu from forming the government”.

The Supreme Court added that its decision “should not be construed as diminishing the gravity of the charges faced by against public probity, nor the difficulty posed by the tenure of a Prime Minister accused of crimes”.

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