The High Court of Justice told an NGO Sunday evening that it had jumped the gun in asking the court to fire Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following Thursday’s decision by Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit to indict him for corruption.
The ruling by justices Yosef Elron, Menachem Mazuz and George Kara does not mean that Netanyahu is out of the woods as much as it means that the NGO, the Movement for the Quality of Government in Israel, will need to check in with Mandelblit about what actions he may take regarding Netanyahu before the petition can proceed.
Further, the movement will need to double-check with Netanyahu about whether reports are accurate that he will relinquish side ministries he currently holds. On that issue, there were contrary reports that Mandelblit thought Netanyahu would give up these posts, while others said he would try to hold on to them.
Earlier Thursday, the NGO became the first to file such a petition, with the Labor Party and others vowing to do the same in the near future.