Netanyahu Rejects “Banned From Politics” Plea Deal

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday rejected a plea deal that would ban him from politics for the next seven years, following a message from Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit that he was no longer prepared to conclude a deal and that Netanyahu could try with his successor.

The moral turpitude clause that the prosecution insisted on in his public corruption cases would have prevented Netanyahu from running for public office for seven years (following what was expected to be a sentence of community service).

Although his lawyers had been urging him to accept a deal in which he would avoid jail time, Netanyahu, in his first public comments on the issue, rejected media reports that he had agreed to the clause that would ban him from public office.

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