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Possible Netanyahu plea bargain rocks Israeli coalition

The coalition of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is at risk if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opts for a plea bargain in his corruption trials.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves a Jerusalem courthouse on Nov. 16, 2021.

The way things look now, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will soon be signing a plea bargain and leaving political life once and for all. This will have a profound impact not only on the Likud but on the coalition as well. Paradoxically, it is not at all certain whether the coalition will be able to survive this.

Even now, less than one week after it was revealed that Netanyahu has been in talks to reach a plea bargain with the prosecution in the criminal case against him, and certainly before any such deal is signed, the coalition’s fragility is increasingly apparent. After all, it is about to lose the very reason for its existence.

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