# Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicted on bribe and fraud charges

Source: **NBC News**

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

The prime minister faces one count of bribery and two counts of fraud and breach of trust.

Police have previously recommended indicting Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three different cases.

Police recommended an indictment in the case based on evidence collected that confidants of Netanyahu promoted regulatory changes worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Bezeq. In exchange, they believe Netanyahu used his connections with Elovitch to receive positive press coverage on Bezeq's popular subsidiary news site, Walla. Police have said their investigation concluded that Netanyahu and Elovitch engaged in a "bribe-based relationship."

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/israel-prime-minister-benjamin-netanyahu-indicted-bribe-fraud-charges-n977571?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

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#### Sherman A1

(38,958 posts)I hope that justice is served.

#### bluestarone

(16,827 posts)LOCK him up!

#### DemocracyMouse

(2,275 posts)(Honestly, I've used "net a yahoo" as a mnemonic device for 25 years.... It was hard to remember the self-serving racist's name otherwise.)

#### hlthe2b

(102,035 posts)while in office...

May Trump quickly follow Netanyahu.

#### Bernardo de La Paz

(48,899 posts)#### yaesu

(8,020 posts)where the rich & powerful actually pay for their crimes, unlike this country.

#### IronLionZion

(45,380 posts)#### duforsure

(11,884 posts)And here the DOJ puts an end to all the corruption trump and his administration is involved in, and prison terms follow.

#### Achilleaze

(15,543 posts)Think of the children...

#### B Stieg

(2,410 posts)It's about time...

#### leftynyc

(26,060 posts)Hopefully the beginning of the end of the Bibi era in Israel.

#### The Wielding Truth

(11,411 posts)#### littlemissmartypants

(22,498 posts)And it's only Thursday! Great catch, demmiblue.

#### OnlinePoker

(5,713 posts)#### BumRushDaShow

(128,207 posts)Years!

NYT article -

**Corruption Charges Announced Against Netanyahu, Weeks Before Election**

By David M. Halbfinger and Isabel Kershner

Feb. 28, 2019

JERUSALEM — Israel’s attorney general announced his plans on Thursday to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, imperiling Mr. Netanyahu’s political future just 40 days before he is to stand for re-election.

The announcement by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit was the culmination of a two-year investigation into Mr. Netanyahu’s dealings with wealthy businessmen, including a Hollywood movie producer, Israeli newspaper publishers and the head of the country’s largest telecommunications conglomerate.

Mr. Netanyahu, who is running for his fourth consecutive term as prime minister, is now entitled to a hearing to challenge the charges. If the case proceeds, he would be the first sitting prime minister to be indicted.

The police accused Mr. Netanyahu, 69, of trading lucrative official favors for gifts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars including cigars, Champagne and jewelry, and for flattering news coverage whose value was incalculable.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/28/world/middleeast/netanyahu-corruption-charges.html

#### Scurrilous

(38,687 posts)#### zentrum

(9,865 posts)...of the crime family.

#### PatSeg

(47,099 posts)with this corrupt jerk in jail.

#### 47of74

(18,470 posts)#### PatSeg

(47,099 posts)tyrants on a desert island together and let them compete for survival.

#### riversedge

(69,994 posts)#### Marcuse

(7,441 posts)Pelosi should invite Angela Merkel to speak.

#### Duppers

(28,117 posts)POS's, all of them!

#### PatSeg

(47,099 posts)Netanyahu Bragged He Has America Wrapped Around His Finger? Then he takes our money.

#### NRaleighLiberal

(60,003 posts)#### HelenWheels

(2,284 posts)#### BigmanPigman

(51,543 posts)I heard about these charges a year ago. I see their system is almost as slow as ours is.

#### pnwmom

(108,950 posts)to go after Trump.

#### nightshift worker

(20 posts)#### NoMoreRepugs

(9,350 posts)#### txbruin

(3 posts)I am a son of Holocaust survivors, and a Zionist, and a proud Californian....thank G-d Bibi is indicted!

#### Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin

(107,620 posts)#### sandensea

(21,583 posts)A little like Al Capone.

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#### SCVDem

(5,103 posts)Proclaims Netanyahu.

He also is making the claim that a sitting PM cannot be indicted.

This sounds so familiar.

#### BlancheSplanchnik

(20,219 posts)Correct me if I’m wrong, but I seem to remember it was something very shady.