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Supreme Court rejects petition to bar Netanyahu from forming government

The High Court of Justice threw out a petition on Thursday that urged it to bar Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from forming a government after the upcoming March election due to the charges against him in three criminal cases. The court said it would not make a decision on the matter, because the timing was “premature.”

“According to Basic Law: The Government, the president is the authorized party to impose on one of the Knesset members the task of assembling the government. Naturally, since the elections have not yet taken place and their results are not yet known, the president has not yet consulted the representatives of the factions and has not yet been asked the question posed,” the ruling said.

The Likud party welcomed the decision saying, “The High Court acted correctly. In a democracy only the people decide who will lead the people, and no one else.”