The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee began debating a contentious bill that would prevent opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu from running in the next elections. The so-called defendant bill states that a person facing criminal charges punishable by more than three years in prison is ineligible to serve as Prime Minister. Currently, Netanyahu is on trial for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in the Jerusalem district court. Supporters of the bill pointed out that teachers under indictment are not allowed to occupy their position, and that the same should go for the premiership. Members of Netanyahu’s conservative bloc strongly oppose the legislation, because they say it targets only one specific person. They suggest that it hampers democracy by not allowing a person with strong public support to run for office. Please pray for wisdom for Israeli lawmakers in this challenging season. Please also pray that Israel’s leadership will put fairness before their own personal political aspirations.
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