Published: Fri, March 01, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

PM Netanyahu To Be Indicted On Corruption Charges

PM Netanyahu To Be Indicted On Corruption Charges

"There is no other explanation".

He called the allegations a "house of cards" that he was "4,000 percent sure" would collapse.

Likud joined a petition filed with the supreme court to stop Mandelblit from announcing his decision before the elections. A recent poll from Haifa University shows about half of the public doesn't have much trust in the attorney general.

"This is a sad day for the state of Israel", he said.

The final decision on indictment will only take place after a hearing, where Netanyahu will be given the opportunity to defend himself.

Mr Netanyahu scheduled a press conference later on Thursday to respond to the attorney general's decision.

"Netanyahu, resign, put an end to national shame and do not conduct the battle from the prime minister's home".

"Israeli citizens do not want corrupt leadership".

He said Israel could not afford to have a "part-time prime minister".

Avigdor Liberman also resigned from his position as foreign minister voluntarily in 2012 upon being indicted. In Israel, the details of the investigations against him and his allies are so well known that they are known by their case numbers: 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000. Under the alleged deal, Mozes would have eased off his paper's critical coverage of the Israeli prime minister in return for Netanyahu pushing Adelson to limit the circulation of Israel Hayom, a free newspaper owned by the American billionaire.

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The merchandise was worth more than $280,000, according to police. "The policy I lead with my friends in the Likud led Israel to the best decade in its history in security, foreign relations, the economy, in every field", Netanyahu continued.

In the third case, Netanyahu and the publisher of a major Israeli newspaper discussed passing legislation that would weaken another daily in exchange for more favourable coverage.

Though Netanyahu will receive a hearing prior to a formal indictment, the authority will remain with the attorney general to decide.

Mr Mandelblit is considering whether to charge the prime minister with fraud and breach of trust in this case, which concerns the prime minister's relationship with two businessmen - Arnon Milchan, an Israeli Hollywood film producer, and James Packer, an Australian billionaire. Israeli police recommended months ago that Netanyahu be indicted for all three sets of allegations.

The most serious, Case 4,000, sees him accused of offering regulatory benefits to Bezeq telecoms firm in return for its media arm providing positive coverage.

The third case involves suspicions the premier and his family received luxury gifts from wealthy individuals in exchange for financial or personal favours.

Mr Netanyahu, 69, has denied any wrongdoing in the three long-running corruption investigations against him.

The prime minister is seeking a fifth term, and if he hangs on, he could become his country's longest-serving leader later this year. This will also be a strong signal to the current High Court justices.

Alan Dershowitz, a prominent American lawyer, has come to Netanyahu's defence, publishing an open letter to Mandelblit in which he warns that an indictment against the prime minister ahead of elections would undermine the democratic process.

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