Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, on Thursday, announced his decision to indict Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, in three separate cases, pending a hearing, according to Israeli media.
Haaretz Israeli daily reported, today, that Mendelblit’s decision comes after three years of investigations, and it marks the first time in Israel’s history that an attorney general announces an indictment for bribery against an incumbent prime minister.
“You have hurt the image of public service and public faith in it,” Mendelblit wrote to Netanyahu in his decision. “You acted in a conflict of interests, you abused your authority while taking into account other considerations that relate to your personal interests and the interests of your family. You corrupted public servants working under you.”
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.