Is­raeli law­mak­ers give set­back on im­mu­nity to PM Ne­tanyahu

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JERUSALEM — Is­raeli law­mak­ers on Mon­day ap­proved the for­ma­tion of a com­mit­tee to con­sider Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu’s re­quest for le­gal im­mu­nity, a ma­jor set­back for the em­bat­tled leader who is seek­ing to f end off cor­rup­tion charges.

Ne­tanyahu was charged in Novem­ber with fraud, breach of trust and ac­cept­ing bribes in three cases in­volv­ing trad­ing po­lit­i­cal and reg­u­la­tory fa­vors for pos­i­tive news cov­er­age, and ac­cept­ing gifts from bil­lion­aire friends.

Ne­tanyahu’s op­po­nents make up a ma­jor­ity in the cur­rent care­taker par­lia­ment, and his re­quest for im­mu­nity is ex­pected to be re­jected. Ne­tanyahu has tried to de­lay the vote on im­mu­nity un­til af­ter March 2 elec­tions, when he hopes a more sym­pa­thetic slate of law­mak­ers will be cho­sen.

The prime min­is­ter has de­nied any wrong­do­ing.

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