Israeli Police Recommend Charging Netanyahu With Bribery, Fraud

from The Wall Street Journal,

Police say prime minister received gifts from wealthy donors in return for favors.

Israeli police on Tuesday recommended corruption charges be brought against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a move that could lead to a formal indictment and threaten the grip on power of one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s most stalwart foreign allies. The police said prosecutors should charge the Israeli leader for receiving gifts from businessmen, including billionaire Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer, according to a statement. They also said Mr. Netanyahu tried to negotiate favorable coverage in a newspaper in return for limiting the influence of another daily. The police announcement is expected to pressure Mr. Netanyahu to step down after a monthslong police investigation that sparked sporadic street protests and fueled public debate over whether the country’s longtime leader and his family have abused the privileges of the prime minister’s office.

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