Netanyahu to Be Indicted for ‘Bribery, Fraud’ (VIDEO)

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.(Photo: File)

Israel’s attorney general said on Thursday he intends to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in one case of bribe and two cases of fraud and breach of trust.

Netanyahu responded in a televised address saying that the corruption charges against him will collapse “like a house of cards”.

He said intends to continue as prime minister “for many more years”.

The long-awaited announcement marks the first time a sitting Israeli prime minister has been put on official notice of planned prosecution and deepens uncertainty over his prospects in a tight election race.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said in a statement that he intended to charge the Israeli leader pending a hearing, where Netanyahu would be given a chance to defend himself before charges are filed.

The required hearing will likely be after the April 9 election.

The prime minister on Thursday called the allegations a politically motivated “witch hunt” to hurt his re-election prospects.

Netanyahu is facing a tough challenge from a centrist political alliance headed by a respected former military chief of staff, Benny Gantz.

Allegations against Netanyahu include seeking a secret deal with the publisher of Israel’s top-selling newspaper Yediot Aharonot to ensure positive coverage in return for pushing forward a law that would have limited the circulation of a rival publication.

Another probe involves suspicions the premier and his family received luxury presents from wealthy individuals in exchange for financial or personal favors.

Netanyahu, who is seeking a fourth consecutive term, denies any wrongdoing and in January said he would not resign even if indicted.

(AJE, PC, Social Media)

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