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Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu Indicted On Charges Of Bribery & Fraud

Benjamin Netanyahu (image via Flickr)

From the Washington Post:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was formally charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust on Thursday, making him the first Israeli premier to be indicted while in office and sending Israel’s already stalemated political system into further disarray.

Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit capped almost three years of investigation and months of speculation by handing down a 63-page indictment against the country’s longest-serving prime minister and its center of political gravity for the last decade.

The cases against Netanyahu center on police allegations that the prime minister and his wife, Sara, accepted more than $260,000 worth of luxury goods in exchange for political favors and that Netanyahu interceded with regulators and lawmakers on behalf of two media companies in exchange for positive news stories.

Netanyahu has consistently denied all of the allegations calling the accusations and investigation a ‘witch hunt.’

Now, where have we heard that term before? Hmm…

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