How a Plea Bargain for Netanyahu Could Rock Israeli Politics: LISTEN

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Benjamin Netanyahu and Attorney General Avichai Mendelbit, and a person walking past an NSO office in southern Israel.
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Benjamin Netanyahu and Attorney General Avichai Mendelbit, and a person walking past an NSO office in southern Israel. Credit: Dana Kopel / Moti Milrod / Amir Cohen, Reuters
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The revelation that former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “on his knees” looking for a plea bargain exploded in the Israeli media last week.

How likely is it that he will cut a deal before the end of the current attorney general’s term? And since any expected deal will include “moral turpitude,” which will require Bibi to exit the political stage for five years, what will that mean for the current “anti-Netanyahu” government coalition?

Haaretz senior writer Anshel Pfeffer and columnist Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin, co-hosts of the 2021 “Election Overdose” podcast, reunite this week to talk with host Allison Kaplan Sommer about the odds of a plea bargain actually happening, game out the possible political fallout, and talk about their Twitter bet as to whether there will be an election in 2022.

Also on this episode, Haaretz tech editor Omer Benjakob joins the podcast to discuss how Israelis are “shocked, shocked!, to discover that they are getting a taste of their own medicine” when it comes to NSO spyware.

While they have become accustomed to hearing about international scandals regarding the infamous Israeli company’s Pegasus smartphone surveillance program and know it is being used domestically against suspected Palestinian terror targets, news that the spyware is being used to breach cellphones of Israeli citizens has sparked public outrage. You can hear Omer’s views starting at time code 17:52.

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