NO PLEA DEAL: “I Didn’t Agree To Moral Turpitude Charge, I’ll Continue To Lead Likud”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, speaks with then-cabinet secretary Avichai Mandelblit during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, September 21, 2014. (AP/Menahem Kahana, Pool/File

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In his first reference to reports that he may sign a plea deal, and amid conflict in the Likud about its next leader, opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu released a video on Monday evening declaring that he has no intention of leaving politics and will continue leading the Likud.

In the video, Netanyahu denied agreeing to a moral turpitude clause that would require his exit from politics for seven years and thanked his millions of followers for their support (and almost NIS 4 million in donations).

According to Hebrew media reports, the negotiations between the former prime minister and Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit have dissolved. Channel 12 News reported that Mandelblit, whose seven-year term as AG is ending next week, informed Netanyahu’s attorneys earlier on Monday that plea deal negotiations will have to continue with the next AG.

Later on Monday evening, a Channel 13 News report claimed (without providing a source) that Netanyahu had filmed the video a number of days ago but only released it after it became clear that there was no chance for a plea deal with Mandelblit.

The report added that Netanyahu had agreed to a plea deal that includes a moral turpitude charge but later changed his mind. Political commentators remarked that Netanyahu’s message was crafted in a way that still allows him the option of plea deal negotiations in the future.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Whatever removes him from the public sector asap. Perhaps a trial with conviction and short prison term plus restitution would be more definitive and make him less of a “martyr” than a “plea agreement” which his supporters would claim was coerced with threats to indict his wife and son etc.

  2. We shall always support you Bibi & be indebted & loyal to you.
    We know the truth that you were framed by mandelblit [Good Riddance come February 1st] and know you Bibi are totally innocent

  3. UJM, you are a crook. Even if all of these crazy allegations against Netanyahu were true, NONE OF THEM ARE CRIMES. It is crazy to call them crimes. In the USA any prosecutor who tried such a stunt would end up in disgrace, and would have to rely on “absolute immunity” to avoid going to prison himself.

  4. Milhouse: None of [the allegations] are crimes…”

    “I made my mistakes, but in all of my years of public life, I have never profited, never profited from public service — I earned every cent,” ……people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I am not a crook….”
    Richard MILHOUSE Nixon
    November 13, 1973

  5. Milhouse, you should have no concern about this rasha Mechalel Shabbos. Whatever happens to him is well deserved, if not for this reason, then fit much worse he’s done defying the RBS”I daily, all his life.

  6. Joseph:

    Whatever happens to Netanyahu is well deserved? Do you know how he was raised and what education he had or didn’t have? Instead of playing G-d, how about feeling bad for a Jew who doesn’t keep Shabbos and davening that he starts doing so?

    You despise and constantly mock Jews on this site who don’t agree with your extreme views. Perhaps it’s actually you who is defying HKB”H daily and bringing punishment down upon yourself.