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As plea deal dissolves, Netanyahu vows to continue leading Likud

With no plea bargain to help him in his graft trial, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting to keep control over his party.

After two weeks of silence during which former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was hardly seen in the Knesset, he posted a video on social media Jan. 24. In it, he announced that he will remain to lead the Likud in order to make his way back to leading the state and put an end to the succession battle that had erupted within the party, following the revelation that he was considering a plea bargain in his graft trial.

Netanyahu refuted reports in the press, saying that he won’t plead guilty to a a moral turpitude charge. Accepting such a plea bargain would mean that Netanyahu won’t be able to run for office for seven years. At his age, it would probably mean the end of his political career. That being said, Netanyahu did not deny that discussions are ongoing for a plea bargain. He also thanked his fans for their tremendous support and promised to keep fighting for them.

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