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Netanyahu's Trial on Corruption Charges Postponed

Israeli PM Netanyahu’s trial on corruption charges has been postponed until 24 May 2020. The development is the result of a coronavirus-related decision by Justice Minister Amir Ohana to halt all court activities that do not qualify as an “extraordinary emergency.” The trial was set to begin Tues. 17 March 2020. The move comes at a sensitive time in-light-of three snap-elections in Israel in less than a year with no clear outcomes. Over the past few days, Netanyahu has repeatedly called on his main rival, Blue and White chief Benny Gantz, to put aside any differences and join a unity government to more adequately address and respond to the health crisis. Preliminary talks between Netanyahu and Gantz have taken place. All 15 members of the Joint List a collection of primarily Arab parties on Sunday 15 March 2020 recommended Benny Gantz as their preferred candidate for forming the next government. Following the recommendation of the Joint List, Gantz is expected to win 61 recommendations and will thus receive the mandate to form the government already this week. (VFI News)