Israel’s Prime Minister Facing Indictment

By Henry G.

Israel’s Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit, announced he will be charging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with one count of bribery and three counts of breach of trust. Prosecutors would have to go through pre-indictment hearing before Netanyahu is charged.

Benjamin Netanyahu

With elections coming up in six weeks, Netanyahu called these accusations “outrageous” and an “unprecedented witch hunt” carried out by his political opponents. The Prime Minister refuted all allegations claiming they are “blood libel.”

The most serious of these charges against him include his relationship with the controlling shareholder of Israel’s telecom giant Bezeq. Police believe that he used his connections with Bezeq to acquire positive press coverage from the company. Bezeq has denied any and all allegations.

Police had previously recommended indicting him on three different cases of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. Netanyahu claimed that his predecessors received gifts similar to him and were not charged. This is the first time that an Israeli Prime Minister had received charges of such a nature.

The Israeli general election is on April 9th. Netanyahu’s campaign is mostly based around the hate of Israel’s Arab citizens. Netanyahu filed to the Israeli supreme court to hold off the verdict until after the election. He stated this on the grounds that it would unfairly affect his chance of winning.

The Israeli election is just around the corner, and Prime Minister, Netanyahu has held his position for three consecutive terms. The world will know soon if that number will increase or end, but they will have to wait until April 9.


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