The High Court of Justice threw out a petition on Thursday that urged it to bar Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from forming a government after the upcoming March election due to the charges against him in three criminal cases.
The court said it would not make a decision on the matter, because the timing was “premature.”
The panel of justices led by Supreme Court President Esther Hayut indicated it was too early to give a ruling as the election has not yet taken place, and said the petition may be more pertinent if and when Netanyahu is about to be tasked with forming a government after the election.
“According to Basic Law: The Government, the president is the authorized party to impose on one of the Knesset members the task of assembling the government. Naturally, since the elections have not yet taken place and their results are not yet known, the president has not yet consulted the representatives of the factions and has not yet been asked the question posed,” the ruling said.
“Therefore, even if the legal question itself is a major question, it is theoretical and does not need to be decided at this time.”