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Will Supreme Court force Netanyahu to 'go do other things'?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims that the criminal indictments against him shouldn't disqualify him from being eligible to form a government, but he was singing a different tune when Prime Minister Ehud Olmert merely faced the prospect of indictment.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri are seen at the end of a news conference at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem April 2, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun - RC163EB70890
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Israel’s Supreme Court has scheduled a Dec. 31 hearing on whether a politician under criminal indictment can be tasked with forming the country’s government. Responding to the court's decision to hear a petition on the matter, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, said, “In a democracy, it is the people who decide who will lead them, not anyone else. Otherwise, it just isn’t democracy.”

If what Netanyahu said is indeed the case, let us examine the opinion of one of the people who is not just anyone, but a prominent leader of his generation. Does the person who has led Israel for the past decade, as well as for three years in the 1990s, believe that a prime minister under criminal indictment is worthy of leading the people? It is worthwhile dredging up yet again the strong views that Netanyahu, at the time a Knesset member, expressed on the subject as leader of the opposition when Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was suspected of corruption, though unlike Netanyahu had not been indicted pending a hearing by the attorney general.

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