Israeli Justice Minister Calls Knesset Speaker to Block Vote on Netanyahu Immunity Committee

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein has found himself under pressure from both Benjamin Netanyahu and from his political rivals, who have been struggling to see a separate Knesset Committee weigh the premier’s immunity request over his corruption charges. Israel is in the meantime eyeing an unprecedented third general election in a year, on 2 March.

Justice Minister Amir Ohana Saturday insisted that Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein should not call a plenary vote to set up a committee that would look into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request for parliamentary immunity from his corruption charges – the panel that, according to Knesset legal adviser Eyal Yinon, could be convened ahead of the 2 March vote.

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