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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 07:07 PM

Israels AG Files Official Indictment Against israeli PM Netanyahu

JERUSALEM — Israel’s attorney general on Monday officially submitted his indictment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges, laying out a sweeping case in which over 300 people, including a number of well-known billionaires, could be called to testify.

But in a break for Netanyahu, the parliament’s legal adviser issued an opinion that could buy the prime minister several months to seek immunity from the Knesset and delay trial. The ruling raised the likelihood the country will be heading to elections for the third time in under a year.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced on Nov. 21 that he was charging Netanyahu with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in three separate cases. It is the first time in Israeli history that a sitting prime minister has been charged with a crime. On Monday, he formally submitted the indictment to the speaker of parliament.

Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing and has claimed he is the victim of an “attempted coup” by overzealous police investigators and prosecutors.

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The charges against Netanyahu include accepting some $200,000 in gifts such as cigars and champagne from two billionaires, Hollywood-based Israeli movie mogul Arnon Milchan and Australian magnate James Packer.

Netanyahu is also accused of offering to push legislation that would benefit the publisher of a major newspaper in exchange for positive news coverage and promoting regulations worth hundreds of millions of dollars to a friend and telecom magnate in exchange for favorable coverage on the Israeli company’s popular news site.

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https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/12/02/world/middleeast/ap-ml-israel-netanyahu.html

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Tue Dec 3, 2019, 11:38 AM

1. Expensive cigars and champagne? Meh!

The third charge if true- is wrong!

But I think the PLO, Hezbollah and Hamas are rooting to get rid of Netenyahu. Then they can attack Israel with near impunity!

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