Netanyahu Discussing Plea Bargain in Graft Case

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The Facts

  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly negotiating a plea bargain to avoid a trial on charges of bribery, breach of trust, and fraud dating to 2019.

  • Negotiations have stalled on whether or not the deal should include a "moral turpitude" clause that would bar him from seeking office for some time.

The Spin

Narrative A

Netanyahu engaged in extensive corruption aimed at undermining the public's trust in democracy and must be barred from seeking political office.

Narrative B

Netanyahu has been denied due process and his prosecution is a means of preventing him and his right-wing Likud Party from forming a governing coalition.

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