Why Is Netanyahu Suddenly Rushing to Secure a Plea Deal? Haaretz Explains

As negotiations resume, Haaretz explains the basic details of the agreement that may bring Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial to an end and potentially bar him from politics for years

Netael Bandel
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Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed his attorneys on Monday to renew negotiations with Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit over a potential plea bargain agreement in the corruption cases against him, two weeks after he froze the negotiations.

Where do things stand now?

Three weeks ago, after Netanyahu initiated a meeting between his lawyers and Mendelblit, the attorney general made further progress contingent on Netanyahu’s agreement to three conditions: accepting a finding of “moral turpitude” for the crimes, serving a number of months of community service, and admitting to the crimes of fraud and breach of trust in two of the cases, the lavish gifts case and the Bezeq-Walla case, in return for the dropping of bribery charges in the Bezeq-Walla case and the closing of the Yedioth Ahronoth case. Since the offer was made, contacts were frozen – until now, even though Netanyahu rejected Mendelblit’s conditions.

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