Israel’s attorney general, General Avichai Mendelblit finished a two year investigation into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Mendelblit announced Thursday that he will indict him for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust according to The New York Times.
Netanyahu says he is innocent of all accusations and believes he’s a victim of a left-wing witch hunt.
Netanyahu has first been accused of receiving gifts for giving tax favors. He promoted extending a ten-year tax exemption to expatriate Israelis who return to Israel. This would be profitable to Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan. Since then, Milchan has gifted Netanyahu expensive champagne, cigars, and jewelry.
Next, Netanyahu has been accused of making a deal in order to get good press. Netanyahu talked to Arnon Mozes, the publisher of Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot about restricting the circulation of a competing newspaper, Israel Hayom. In return, Mozes would give Netanyahu good press. This deal was never agreed upon, but Mandelblit believes that Netanyahu should be charged with breach of trust and fraud.
In another deal with the media, Netanyahu received good press from Walla, an Israeli news site. For this Mandelblit says Netanyahu should be charged with fraud, bribery, and breach of trust.
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