Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly revealed that he is seeking parliamentary immunity relating to three ongoing corruption cases.

In November 2019, Netanyahu was indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust over allegations of offering government favors, worth the equivalent of hundreds of millions of dollars, in exchange for positive coverage from Israeli media owners.

Netanyahu has repeatedly denied the accusations levied against him. He claims that they are an “attempted coup” by members of the media and the left. He has repeatedly used Trump-like rhetoric when claiming that the prosecution is engaging in a witch hunt.

Israel is set for a record third election in less than a year after the last two resulted in a hung parliament with no party able to outrightly win or build a coalition with a governing majority.

Netanyahu’s main challenger for the position of the prime minister, Benny Gantz of the Blue and White Party, has consistently denounced the premier’s acts including his attempt at immunity. Gantz, who is seeking to establish a broad-based unity government that could potentially include Netanyahu’s Likud Party — but without Netanyahu — described the choice as one between “the kingdom of Netanyahu or the State of Israel.”

Though corruption charges were only unveiled a couple of months ago, such allegations are nothing new for the Netanyahu family. Israel’s attorney general had expressed his intentions to file charges as early February of last year. In June, the prime minister’s wife, Sara Netanyahu, pleaded guilty to a charge relating to misuse of public funds for lavish meals that she had ordered.

In December 2018, a recording of Netanyahu’s son, Yair, leaked wherein he asserted in a conversation outside a strip club that his father had helped Israeli businessman and gas tycoon Kobi Maimon make $20 billion.

While outwardly the above incidents may appear damaging, the Israeli prime minister has largely survived unscathed domestically. On December 26th, Netanyahu won a landslide victory during a leadership election within his party, in which he won a stunning 72.5% of the vote.