Benjamin Netanyahu asks Israeli parliament to grant him immunity from ...

Benjamin Netanyahu asks Israeli parliament to grant him immunity from corruption charges in a move likely to delay his trial for months Netanyahu faces charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, which he denies Today he said in a televised address that he would seek immunity from charges Israel's parliament is unlikely to rule on it before March elections, delaying trial 

By Tim Stickings For Mailonline and Associated Press

Published: 18:51 GMT, 1 January 2020 | Updated: 19:26 GMT, 1 January 2020

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Benjamin Netanyahu said today he will ask Israel's parliament to grant him immunity from corruption charges, in a step which is likely to delay his trial for months. 

The Israeli PM faces charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, but has dismissed the allegations as a witch-hunt and refused to step down. 

Today he revealed in a televised address that he would approach the speaker of the Knesset to ask for immunity. 

The request is likely to languish in the deadlocked Knesset until after March elections, effectively postponing a trial.   

Defiant: Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured in Jerusalem today) will ask Israel's parliament to grant him immunity from corruption charges, in a step which is likely to delay his trial for months

Defiant: Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured in Jerusalem today) will ask Israel's parliament to grant him immunity from corruption charges, in a step which is likely to delay his trial for months

In addition, Netanyahu's move turns the upcoming election campaign into a referendum on whether the PM should be granted immunity.  

A recent poll indicated that a majority of Israelis oppose giving him immunity. 

In his address today, Netanyahu repeated his claim that he is the victim of an unfair conspiracy and said he would seek immunity while he remains in office.  

'In order to continue to lead Israel to great achievements, I intend to approach the speaker of the Knesset, in order to fulfill my right, my duty and my mission to continue to serve you for the future of Israel,' he said.

Two 2019 elections left Israel in political deadlock, with

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