The bribery scandal that's surrounded Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may finally reach a head, as Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit is poised to recommend bribery charges, according to Israeli media reports. Mandelblit did not accept the police position that recommended indicting Netanyahu on bribery in this case, limiting the case to breach of trust only.
Netanyahu's Likud party calls the reported charges "political persecution" and said the prime minister would make a statement at 18:00 GMT on Thursday. Despite the attorney-general knowing what turmoil this would cause prior to the elections, "the decision was taken to indict, in all three cases", she said.
If their arguments are rejected, it will be the first time in Israel's history that a sitting prime minister has faced criminal charges. At one point the PM even called the world's press to attention with a freaky live TV address to the nation, in which he ranted about prosecutors and demanded evidence.
Case 4000, considered the most damaging, alleges that Netanyahu offered to approve favourable laws to benefit Shaul Elovitch, the owner of telecoms company Bezeq, in exchange for positive media coverage from Elovitch's Walla news website.
He has said he is the victim of a left-wing "witch-hunt" meant to topple him.
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She said they spoke in her classroom, where she felt safe because a colleague who was aware of the situation was across the hall. The woman says the incident began when she noticed a vehicle being driven by Bibby, whom she did not know at the time.
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They were taken to separate exam rooms to be questioned and each spoke to police without an attorney present. Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub appeared visibly distraught during a press conference Tuesday.
The big immediate question is whether Mandelblit will release all the documentation gathered as part of the police investigations, as would normally happen. In exchange, they believe Netanyahu used his connections with Elovitch to receive positive press coverage on Bezeq's popular subsidiary news site, Walla.
Mandelblit on Thursday evening informed lawyers for the suspects in the three cases against Netanyahu that he was pressing charges, subject to a hearing.
Anshel Pfeffer, author of a recent Netanyahu biography, said on Twitter that Israel was entering "uncharted waters" in which "no one has any idea how being a prime minister under notice of indictment will effect Netanyahu and his government".
Crucial to the parliamentary equations may be Moshe Kahlon, who leads centrist party Kulanu.
Netanyahu, he country's second-longest serving premier, has previously pledged not to resign if indicted.