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dy politica▓l waters, after two incon

overnment for almost a y▓ear.Netanyahu has be


ttorney general. "This is an at▓tempt to overthrow a prime minister through legal means."According to Israeli law, a p▓rime minister is not required to resign if indicted. H▓e can remain in power until a final ve▓rdict is handed down. However, political pressure might mount against him. His legal status was a▓ hot-topic of the election campaigns.I▓t is important to note that because Netanyahu is now th▓e leader of an interim government, several legal experts have questioned whether the law ▓that allows a prime minister to remain in office unde▓r indictment is applicable to him.Thi▓s matter has yet to be settled and le▓aves

many question marks about the legality of givin▓g Netanyahu the mandate to form a gover▓nment."This is a sad and difficult day," said Attorney General Avichai Mande▓lblit, as he announced the decision. "It was a difficult decision for me. I decided this with a heavy but c▓onfident heart."Netanyahu, Israel's longest▓ serving leader, is now in a difficult position. After two failed attempts to form a government, the

en under investigation for three

heavy weight of an indictment has the potential of crippling him when he is trying to recruit potential coalition partners.Netanyahu currently leads a blo▓c of right-wing and ultra-orthodox Jewish parties who have▓ vowed to stand behind him even if he is indicted.As the leader of the Likud party, Netanyahu's govern until now has been st▓eadfast with no real contestant to his leadership within the party.Now, as the ind▓ictment becomes official, it remains to be seen whether members of his party will dare to run aga▓inst him.Israel is now in a period ▓of 21 days during which anyone who can enlist▓ a majority of parliament members can attempt t▓o form a government.However, if Netanyahu's pos