Netanyahu indicted on corruption charges

The Justice Ministry announced on Tuesday that the indictment had been filed at the Jerusalem District Court.

Netanyahu could soon face trial for charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery in three separate cases. It’s unclear, however, whether the trial will begin before Israelis head to the polls on March 2.

Netanyahu had announced on Facebook earlier on Tuesday that he had informed Parliamentary Speaker Yuli Edelstein of his decision.

The Israeli PM, who is currently in Washington as US President Donald Trump is set to unveil his Middle East peace plan, said that he decided not to let this “dirty game” continue.

“At this fatal hour for the people of Israel, while I am in the United States on a historic mission to determine the permanent borders of Israel and ensure our safety for future generations, the Knesset is to begin another show in the immunity circus,” he wrote.

On Tuesday, the parliament voted in favour of setting up a House Committee, which would have decided on whether the 70-year-old should be given immunity, even though he had withdrawn the request.

The committee will begin talks on a parliamentary immunity request by ex-minister Haim Katz, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party.

Read the article by Miranda Lee Murray and Sara Lemel in The Canberra Times.