Benjamin Netanyahu Becomes First Israeli Prime Minister Charged With Bribery
Benjamin Netanyahu became the first sitting Israeli prime minister to be charged with bribery on Thursday after Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit announced the leader will face charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
Haaretz reported that the charges are related to three separate corruption cases against the prime minister and the indictment came after “weeks of intensive discussion at the attorney general's offices.”
The most serious case — dubbed Case 4000 — involves “an alleged bribery deal between Netanyahu and businessman Shaul Elovich, who controlled the Bezeq telecommunications company and the Walla News site,” Haaretz said.
Netanyahu, at the time the communication minister, allegedly headed regulatory actions related to Elovich’s businesses that brought the businessman roughly $500 million.
In return, Elovich allegedly pressed the editors of the Walla News website to serve Netanyahu’s interests and target his opponents.