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What you need to know about the allegations against Israel's Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted on corruption charges on Thursday, presenting one of the gravest challenges yet to Israel's longest-serving leader.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted on corruption charges on Thursday, presenting...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted on corruption charges on Thursday, presenting one of the gravest challenges yet to Israel's longest-serving leader. Netanyahu, 70, denies all wrongdoing but now finds himself stuck in political and legal limbo. He has failed to put together a government after two inconclusive elections this year, and now faces a legal process that could drag on for years. The following is a guide to the criminal cases against him:

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November 08, 2015
WHAT ARE THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST NETANYAHU?: Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit (pictured) announced...
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Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu sits beside Cabinet Secretary Mandelblit in Jerusalem
WHAT ARE THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST NETANYAHU?: Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit (pictured) announced that he has filed criminal charges against Netanyahu in investigations listed as cases 1000, 2000 and 4000.


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April 10, 2019
CASE 1000 centers on allegations that Netanyahu and his wife Sara wrongfully received gifts from Arnon...
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CASE 1000 centers on allegations that Netanyahu and his wife Sara wrongfully received gifts from Arnon Milchan, a prominent Hollywood producer and Israeli citizen, and Australian billionaire businessman James Packer. Those gifts allegedly included champagne and cigars. He has been charged with fraud and breach of trust.
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November 23, 2015
CASE 2000 alleges that Netanyahu negotiated a deal with the owner of Israel's best-selling daily newspaper,...
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CASE 2000 alleges that Netanyahu negotiated a deal with the owner of Israel's best-selling daily newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, for better coverage. In return, prosecutors say, he offered legislation that would slow the growth of a rival daily newspaper. In this case Netanyahu has been charged with fraud and breach of trust.
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June 21, 2017
CASE 4000 alleges that Netanyahu granted regulatory favors to Israel's leading telecommunications company,...
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The logo of Bezeq Israeli Telecommunication Corp Ltd, the country's largest telecom group, is seen outside...
CASE 4000 alleges that Netanyahu granted regulatory favors to Israel's leading telecommunications company, Bezeq Telecom Israel, in return for positive coverage of him and his wife on a news website controlled by the company's former chairman. Netanyahu has been charged with bribery, as well as fraud and breach of trust, in this case.
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November 24, 2013
WHAT DOES NETANYAHU SAY?: Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing and says he is the victim of a politically...
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Israel's PM Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem
WHAT DOES NETANYAHU SAY?: Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing and says he is the victim of a politically orchestrated "witch-hunt" by the media and the left to oust him from office. Loyalists in Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party have accused the Israeli justice system of bias, and Netanyahu himself has argued that receiving gifts from friends was not against the law. His legal team says criminal probes into the relations between politicians and the news media would be a threat to a free press, a central pillar of any democracy.


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September 18, 2019
WILL A TRIAL BEGIN SOON?: Unlikely. It could take many months before the cases are brought before the...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv
WILL A TRIAL BEGIN SOON?: Unlikely. It could take many months before the cases are brought before the court. Netanyahu could also seek a plea deal rather than stand trial. Netanyahu's allies in parliament, the Knesset, have said they would push to grant him parliamentary immunity from prosecution. But with Israeli politics in unprecedented turmoil, it is unclear whether such a move is even possible.

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May 31, 2016
COULD HE GO TO JAIL, IF CONVICTED?: Bribery charges carry a sentence of up to 10 years in jail and/or...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.
COULD HE GO TO JAIL, IF CONVICTED?: Bribery charges carry a sentence of up to 10 years in jail and/or a fine. Fraud and breach of trust carry a prison sentence of up to three years.

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November 02, 2019
WILL THERE BE POLITICAL FALLOUT?: Netanyahu has dominated Israeli politics for more than a decade. But...
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WILL THERE BE POLITICAL FALLOUT?: Netanyahu has dominated Israeli politics for more than a decade. But both he and his main centrist rival Benny Gantz (pictured) have failed to form a government after two elections, in April and September, leaving the country in political and economic stasis. If there is no political breakthrough in the next three weeks, Israel will face yet another election, which few want. If he is still in office as prime minister after that, Netanyahu would be under no strict legal obligation to quit. According to Israeli law, a prime minister must step down if ultimately convicted, but can stay in office throughout legal proceedings, including appeals. It is unclear if allies - who have mostly remained loyal - will continue to stick by him. Some may see it as a chance to emerge from beneath the shadow of a man who has been at or near the summit of Israeli politics for a generation, and who enjoys an international profile like no other Israeli politician.



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