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President Reuven Rivlin (L) and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, April 30, 2019.

Knesset Plenum to Convene Next Week on Netanyahu Immunity

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein will convene the Knesset plenum next Tuesday for a vote on the final proposal needed to decide on the removal of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s immunity.

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The plenum must be convened before authorizing the creation of a house committee to formally vote on removing the prime minister’s immunity. The Blue and White faction was pressuring Edelstein to convene the plenum already a week ago; the prime minister had pressured him not to convene the plenum at all.

In choosing to convene the plenum next Tuesday, Edelstein said he neither expedited nor delayed the meeting, making “all decisions based on the values I have had my entire life, the laws and the rules of the Knesset and legal judgments.”

The Speaker said it would be inappropriate the convene the plenum this week when dozens of world leaders were in the country for the fifth annual World Holocaust Forum, this time marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps. Instead, he chose next Tuesday, the day after International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.