Israel’s Netanyahu may weather corruption allegations for now, but the storm is brewing

If Benjamin Netanyahu survives until the end of his current term, he will become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister.

During more than a decade as Israel’s leader, Netanyahu has gained a Teflon reputation, slipping through many political storms. But he has come face to face with his biggest challenge yet: accusations that he allegedly received around $280,000 in gifts in return for political favors, while also making a secret pact with an Israeli publisher for favorable coverage.

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Global News -
Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu says police corruption claims are ‘full of holes, like Swiss cheese’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday shrugged off police recommendations that he be charged with corruption, calling the allegations “biased, extreme, full of holes, like Swiss cheese” and vowed to remain in office. Speaking at a local government meeting in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu said his government remains stable despite the police announcement, and that “the truth will come to light and nothing will come of this.”

The Guardian -
Netanyahu says police report on fraud claims 'like Swiss cheese'

Benjamin Netanyahu has described a police report on allegations of bribery and fraud against him as “full of holes, like Swiss cheese”, as he fights for his political life.

Speaking in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, Netanyahu said the police report was misleading and “contrary to the truth and logic”. “I want to reassure you, the coalition is stable,” he said of his government in response to rumours that political allies might abandon him.

New York Times -
Promoted by Netanyahu, Israel’s Attorney General Must Now Scrutinize Him

Israel’s attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s favored candidate for the country’s top legal job.

Critics suspect that Mr. Mandelblit, having previously served as Mr. Netanyahu’s cabinet secretary, and once widely considered a Netanyahu loyalist, remains beholden to the prime minister who promoted him.

Reuters -
Israeli police recommend bribery charges against Netanyahu

Israeli police on Tuesday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery, opening the way for what could be the biggest challenge yet to the right-wing leader’s political survival.

The recommendations, which police made public on Tuesday night, were at the more serious end of the range of charges that had been expected to be leveled against Netanyahu in two criminal investigations that have gone on for more than a year.

New York Times -
Netanyahu Should Be Charged With Bribery and Fraud, Israeli Police Say

The Israeli police recommended on Tuesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust, casting a pall over the future of a tenacious leader who has become almost synonymous with his country.

Concluding a yearlong graft investigation, the police recommended that Mr. Netanyahu face prosecution in two corruption cases: a gifts-for-favors affair known as Case 1000, and a second scandal, dubbed Case 2000, in which Mr. Netanyahu is suspected of back-room dealings with Arnon Mozes, publisher of the popular daily Yediot Aharonot, to ensure more favorable coverage.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte