Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has to appear in court on March 17 because he is suspected of corruption. The Ministry of Justice announced this on Tuesday.
The ministry has announced that the head of government must be present at the first session in Jerusalem. Israel’s current prime minister has always denied the allegations.
In addition to a legal battle, he also fights a political struggle. Israel goes to the polls for the third time in a year. The last poll in September ended, like the one in April, in a stalemate.
Netanyahu and the leader of the Blue-White opposition party, Benny Gantz, we’re unable to form a new coalition. The corruption process starts more than two weeks after the new elections.
Netanyahu hopes for a fifth term as the country’s leader. He was prime minister of Israel from 1996 to 1999 and since 2009.