Israel's Prime Minister Faces Corruption Charges

Updated: Mar 2, 2019

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The attorney general of Israel announced this Thursday that his office had indicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges after a two-year investigation.

Netanyahu faces one count of bribery and two counts of fraud and breach of trust. Also, police had previously suggested that Netanyahu should have been indicted for bribery, breach of trust, and fraud.

The largest of the allegations include a potential relationship between Netanyahu and Shaul Elovitch, the largest shareholder of Benzeq. He allegedly gave regulatory changes that benefited Benzeq, making them millions, in exchange for positive press on the news website, Walla. Police recommended charges against Elovitch and the Bezeq management team., because of this “bribe-based relationship”.

Netanyahu at 69 and serving his third term as prime minister, and still denies any wrongdoing. Some Israeli policy experts say the hearing process could take up to a year, and then another additional 2 years for the case to be heard in court.

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