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HAIFA: Israel’s highest court gave Benjamin Netanyahu the green light to form a new government under a power-sharing deal struck with the Blue and White party, even as he faces trial for a number of serious corruption charges.
The court’s unanimous decision, handed down by 11 justices just before midnight on Wednesday, paves the way for Netanyahu to retain his position as prime minister and form a “national emergency government” in a coalition with Blue and White, avoiding an unprecedented fourth election in a row after a series of ballots ended in deadlock.
While bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges are still pending against Netanyahu, the justices said that they “did not find any legal reason to prevent MK Netanyahu from forming a government,” but added their decision did not “diminish the severity” of the indictments the longtime PM now faces. Netanyahu’s trial is set to begin on May 24. He has denied all wrongdoing.