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IsraelElex Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup | January 5

Last week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formally asked for immunity in all three of the cases he is charged with, the committee that would normally make the decision whether or not to grant the immunity currently does not exist as there is no permanent government. The Knesset itself will decide whether to grant immunity to Netanyahu unless they are able to form the appropriate committee.

Blue and White co-leader Moshe Ya’alon called this move a new low. Yair Lapid said that Netanyahu has deceived his voters by asking for immunity.

Stav Shaffir of the Green party and Democratic Union agreed to give up the 2nd spot on the party’s list for former Meretz MK Esawi Frej to enable the list to represent both Arabs and Jews, Shaffir is still hoping to unite all the left-wing parties on to one list.

Orly Levy (Gesher) refusing to join the list saying that party will lose seats if they join with Meretz. She remains committed to running together with Labor as they did in the last round of elections.

The tensions between Tekuma leader Betzalel Smotrich and the United Right List (Bayit Yehudi and Otzma Yehudit) have increased, Smotrich is refusing to join the list insisting on primaries for the top spot to be held among party members.

UN Ambassador Danny Dannon had his term extended until May. The extension was confirmed just before his current term expires.

Former Labor leader Avi Gabbay has returned to the business world being appointed CEO of Cellcom, meanwhile former MK Oren Hazan is set to appear on the new series of Big Brother

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