בנימין נתניהו בפתח משפטו
Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flanked by Likud supporters at the opening of his criminal trial in 2020, alleging charges trumped up
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Benjamin Netanyahu leaves home of attorney after discussing plea deal for his corruption trial

Polls show Israeli public opposes Netanyahu plea deal

Most of those asked, believe the former prime minister is guilty of the corruption charges against him and wish to see Netanyahu's cases reach a decision in court; he is on trial for charges of bribery, breach of trust and fraud

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Published: 01.17.22, 07:44
According to new polls published by Israeli media on Sunday, the majority of Israelis oppose the plea deal with the former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to end his corruption trial.
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  • Netanyahu has pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery, breach of trust and fraud in three cases for which he was indicted in 2019. His trial, which began last year, is being conducted at the Jerusalem District Court.
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    בנימין נתניהו ביציאה מהפגישה
    Benjamin Netanyahu leaves home of attorney after discussing plea deal for his corruption trial
    (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
    He has claimed the charges against him were part of a political witch hunt, with the purpose of removing him from power.
    He had launched a personal attack against Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and the prosecution after alleging the police was also part of the conspiracy against him.
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    בנימין נתניהו בפתח משפטו
    בנימין נתניהו בפתח משפטו
    Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flanked by Likud supporters at the opening of his criminal trial in 2020, alleging charges trumped up
    (Photo: Reuters)
    According to a Kan poll, 49 percent of respondents believe that Netanyahu's cases should reach a decision in court, whereas only 28 percent believe it's right to reach a plea agreement.
    The reported deal would only see bribery charges against Netanyahu being removed, however, he would be required to agree to a conviction including "moral turpitude."
    This would eject him from public life for at least seven years, most likely ending his political career.
    Other major media outlet polls showed 46% or 51 % opposition to the deal respectively.
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    Anti Netanyahu protesters' sign outside the home of AG Avichai Mandelblit, opposing possible plea deal on Saturday
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    Kan's poll has 42 percent of Likud supporters in favor of the plea bargain. Netanyahu is the current leader of the right-wing Likud party.
    The majority of those questioned believe Netanyahu is guilty of at least some charges.
    According the poll, 36 percent believe that Netanyahu is guilty of all charges against him, and 19 percent believe he is guilty of only some of the charges.


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