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Police Seek Corruption Charges Against Netanyahu

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Added On February 14, 2018

In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing a worsening corruption scandal after police recommended charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust against him in two separate cases.
 
After a month-long police investigation, recommendations for the charges were passed to Israel's Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who will decide whether to press charges against Prime Minister Netanyahu.
   
Police issued a formal statement on Tuesday saying there is "sufficient evidence" against Netanyahu in the two cases.
    
In the first, Netanyahu allegedly accepted bribery from Israeli businessman and Hollywood tycoon Arnon Milchan, and Australian businessman James Packer.
   
The police said that between 2007 and 2016, Netanyahu and his family received expensive gifts worth about 282,800 U.S. dollars.
   
In return, Netanyahu allegedly approached U.S. officials and asked them to extend Milchan's visa to the United States. 
 
In another case, Netanyahu allegedly received bribes from Arnon Mozes, the publisher of Yedioth Aharonoth, one of Israel's largest newspapers.
   
The police said Netanyahu and Mozes held talks over an "exchange deal," in which Netanyahu would receive favorable coverage in the newspaper.
 
The prime minister allegedly agreed to promote a law and other measures in return that would limit the distribution of Israel Hayom, the newspaper's competitor.
   
Netanyahu refuted the allegations in a statement broadcast on all of Israel's main channels and on the Prime Minister's Facebook page.
 
Lawmakers with the opposition called on Netanyahu to resign, saying he is incapable of performing his duties while under serious suspicion of corruption.