Political paralysis could put Netanyahu’s trial on hold for months

A coalition is needed to hold an immunity vote in the Knesset, and even then, he needs a majority to get it.

Two political countdown clocks started ticking on Thursday.

The first started after President Reuven Rivlin officially gave the Knesset, represented by Speaker Yuli Edelstein, the mandate to find a MK supported by 61 of his colleagues to form the next government. That is a 21-day clock: The buzzer will sound on December 11 at midnight.

The second started when Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit announced that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Since then, Netanyahu has 30 days – until December 22 – to ask the Knesset to grant him immunity from prosecution.

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