Benjamin Netanyahu will probably retire from politics if he is indicted over his three corruption probes before the April 9 elections, former defense minister Avigdor Lieberman says.
"The Likud will the elections," Lieberman told a closed event in Mevasseret Zion, "although it's fair to say that the decision is taken to bring charges against Benjamin Netanyahu before the election, his chances of forming a goverment will be zero. Therefore, I am not ruling out the possibility that Netanyahu will strike a plea deal before the elections."
He said: "I am not ruling out the possibility that Netanyahu will ultimately go with a plea deal similar to the one struck by former president Ezer Weizman - retirement to (his family home in) Caesarea in return for not standing trial. If he signs on an agreement like that, the Likud will need to choose his heir before the elections. If this is the case, we can expect a political storm because it's unclear how this will end."