A U.S.-born Israeli author and Middle East expert predicts that Israeli’s highest court will rule against a group that is attempting to end Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure as prime minister.
On Sunday, Israel's high court heard petitions that seek to block Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from forming a unity government because he is facing corruption charges. The justices are being asked to decide whether a prime minister can form a government while under indictment — something the Israeli legal code does not explicitly prohibit.
A court decision is expected by the end of the week.
The stakes are high because if the court voids Netanyahu's ability to serve as prime minister, Israel could be plunged into political chaos and likely trigger the country's fourth consecutive election in just over 12 months.
David Rubin, former mayor of the Israeli city of Shiloh, says there would be a unity government formed within a week if the Supreme Court approves of the agreement, which would allow Netanyahu to remain as prime minister while named a defendant, too.
“However, if they do not,” Rubin says of the court, “then there's going to be a fourth election probably in a couple of months."
Even though the justices sit on a left-leaning, activist court, he doubts they will rule against the coalition government.
“Because according to the polls, if there is another election, then Netanyahu and his Likud Party, and the right wing, would have a big victory because people would recognize it as undue interference by the Supreme Court,” he explains.