Labor MK-to-be says party will push to outlaw prime minister under indictment

Omer Barlev, a former MK set to re-enter the Knesset with the Labor party, says his faction will push to pass a law forbidding a person on trial for criminal charges from serving as prime minister, relaunching an effort to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put on hold last year when Blue and White joined the Likud-led government.

The matter will not depend on the creation of a coalition government, but rather just the support of 61 MKs, who will need to vote in a new Knesset speaker that will allow such legislation to move forward.

MK Omer Barlev of the Labor party speaks at a conference marking the party’s 50th anniversary in Tel Aviv, April 24, 2018. (Gili Yaari/FLASH90)

Earlier in the day, Yisrael Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman indicated that he would advance such a move.

“There’s no chance in the world we will sit in a coalition headed by Netanyahu,” Barlev tells Army Radio.

Barlev also tells the station he believes Labor lost two seats to Blue and White and one to Meretz due to campaigns in which the parties claimed they were in danger of failing below the threshold.

Labor currently has seven seats, to Blue and White’s eight and Meretz’s five.