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After years of undermining judiciary, Netanyahu needs its help

Israel's prime minister and New Right leader Naftali Bennett are ironically seeking justice through the same court system they attack on a regular basis.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Jerusalem April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun - RC1F901A0F60
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Education Minister Naftali Bennett founded the New Right party on the eve of the last election. When the party failed to pass the voter threshold, he had a hard time dealing with the outcome. He was not satisfied with the many volunteers who recounted the ballots at questionable voting stations and actually joined them in an effort to prove that there were irregularities and that his party actually made it into the Knesset. When the numbers failed to confirm his suspicions, his party announced that the fight was not over and that the next stage would be an appeal to the courts, demanding a recount in several polling stations where the New Right felt that the outcome was illogical.

Just a few days later, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyers announced that if Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit did not agree to postpone the hearings for the prime minister’s three cases, they would appeal the ruling before the Supreme Court. They argue that it makes no sense that people dealing with a single case receive three months to prepare their defense, whereas Netanyahu, who is facing three separate charges, received the same amount of time.

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