Netanyahu halts controversial immunity bill in Knesset

"Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu does not want the immunity law and he asked MK Zohar not to promote it."

October 23, 2018 16:34
1 minute read.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the opening session of the Knesset, October 15, 2018

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the opening session of the Knesset, October 15, 2018. (photo credit: ESTI DESIOVOV/TPS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Likud MK Miki Zohar to shelve a controversial amendment that could have helped Netanyahu avoid prosecution, after an outcry from the opposition.

The current law requires a vote in the Knesset in order for an MK to use his parliamentary immunity. Zohar’s amendment would make immunity automatic, and would require a vote for an indictment to be permitted.

“My amendment is intended to protect elected officials from political witch hunts,” Zohar said. “I presented it at my own initiative, and it would protect all MKs from Right and Left. The prime minister has no hand whatsoever in this important initiative.”

But Zohar’s explanation did not satisfy MKs in the opposition. Zionist Union faction chairman Yoel Hasson said, “Israel is not a monarchy, Netanyahu does not sit on a throne, and we cannot remain indifferent to bills that are intended to protect the king.”

Yesh Atid MK Elazar Stern added, “Israel has a separation of powers in its government, and it is not the role of MKs to judge who is worthy and unworthy of parliamentary immunity.”

Following the criticism, the Prime Minister’s Office released a statement on Tuesday saying: “Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu does not want the immunity law, and he asked MK Zohar not to promote it. Prime Minister Netanyahu is convinced that there will be no indictment because there is nothing.”

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

New president elect of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky met with the Chabad Chief Rabbis on May 6, 2019
May 24, 2019
Will the Ukranian Embassy move to Jerusalem?