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Bennett says he’ll vote against bill barring person under indictment from being PM

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett leads a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on June 19, 2022.  (Alex Kolomoisky/POOL)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett leads a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on June 19, 2022. (Alex Kolomoisky/POOL)

Outgoing Prime Minister Naftali says he will not support a bill barring indicted politicians from forming a government, expected to be brought for a vote today.

“The right to vote and to be elected is sacred and is the essence of democracy. This was and remains my opinion. Although we have seen that there are heavy prices [as a result of] the tenure of a criminal defendant, those who have to decide are the citizens of Israel,” Bennett says on Twitter.

“Especially on the eve of an election — do not try to change the rules of the game, but let them be decided at the ballot, and I am convinced that [the voters] will make the right choice,” he says. “I will therefore vote against the law.”

The long-talked-about bill is widely viewed as aimed personally against former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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