Benjamin Netanyahu will ask parliament to grant him immunity from bribery, fraud charges and breach of trust saying the allegations are a witch-hunt.
Netanyahu said Wednesday he would ask parliament for immunity, weeks after the embattled premier was indicted on a range of corruption charges.
The move is expected to delay the start of court proceedings for months, as lawmakers are not due to vote on the matter until after March 2 elections.
“I intend to make a request to the speaker of the Knesset,” Netanyahu told reporters in Jerusalem.
The request “would be in line with the law… (and) with the goal of continuing to serve you, for the future of Israel.”
Netanyahu was charged in November with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate corruption cases.
He denies the allegations and accuses prosecutors and the media of a witch hunt.