In blow to PM’s immunity prospects, Liberman says graft cases must go to court

Yisrael Beytenu leader says any parliamentary effort to shield premier from prosecution would damage public trust in the system; Gantz warns against violence at pro-Netanyahu rally


Yisrael Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman said Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must face prosecution for the charges against him in a court of law, signaling he would not support efforts for the Knesset to grant Netanyahu parliamentary immunity.

Without the support of Liberman’s eight-strong Yisrael Beytenu party, Netanyahu would be unlikely to gain the necessary backing from the current Knesset for parliamentary immunity from prosecution.

“I hope that at the end of this process the prime minister will come out clean as snow, but the only place for that to happen is in court,” Liberman said at the opening of his party’s faction meeting in the Knesset.

“I think the only thing that will be acceptable to the citizens of Israel will be a decision in court. Any other attempt to solve this in the Knesset will damage public trust in the system and the very system itself,” the Yisrael Beytenu chief claimed.