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    Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicted on bribe and fraud charges




    The indictment marks the first time in Israeli history that a sitting prime minister has been charged with a crime.




    Israel's attorney general announced Thursday that his office had indicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges after a two-year investigation.
    The prime minister faces one count of bribery and two counts of fraud and breach of trust.
    Police have previously recommended indicting Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three different cases.


    Police recommended an indictment in the case based on evidence collected that confidants of Netanyahu promoted regulatory changes worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Bezeq.
    In exchange, they believe Netanyahu used his connections with Elovitch to receive positive press coverage on Bezeq's popular subsidiary news site, Walla. Police have said their investigation concluded that Netanyahu and Elovitch engaged in a "bribe-based relationship."


    Police also recommended charges be brought against Elovitch, members of his family and members of his Bezeq management team.


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    Great news. Impeach the cnut and lock him up.
    He should be facing crimes against humanity charges, too.

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    Here's some job opportunities for Benny...

    https://www.indeed.com/q-Furniture-Sales-jobs.html


    Already earning $100,000, and with a splendid career ahead of him, Netanyahu decided to give it all up and return to Israel to act as the marketing manager of a furniture concern, RIM Furniture, for a fraction of his Boston salary.

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    "It's a witch" hunt, well I wonder where he got that shit from.

    The only thing that will make me laugh louder than seeing this little prick doing a perp walk will be when baldy orange cunto is doing his.




    Benjamin Netanyahu - currently seeking to be elected for a fifth term as Israel's prime minister - has known many challenging times in politics, but none quite like this.


    The attorney general has confirmed that he plans to bring serious criminal charges against him - bribery, fraud and breach of trust - pending a hearing. These could carry jail terms if he is convicted.

    He stands accused of doing favours for wealthy friends in return for a "supply line" of pink champagne and expensive cigars and for getting positive media coverage.


    On top of that, he is facing his most formidable political rival in years: a former chief of the armed forces, Benny Gantz, who leads the new centrist Blue and White party and has promised clean governance. It is currently polling higher than the prime minister's Likud party.


    In a televised statement on Thursday night, Mr Netanyahu came out on the counter-attack.

    He strongly denied any wrongdoing, accusing the attorney general - whom he appointed - of capitulating to the left and saying he was the victim of "an unprecedented witch hunt" to topple his right-wing government.


    "He's very much under pressure, he's very much acting impulsively," says Anshel Pfeffer, a Haaretz journalist who wrote a recent biography of the prime minister.

    "The more these indictments create problems for him and the more the challenges on the political scene with a new party, like the Gantz party - and with rivals within Likud perhaps starting to speak out against him - we'll see less the statesman and more the local politician fighting a very dirty battle of survival."


    Mr Netanyahu - who flew back early from a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow as the attorney general's decision was about to be announced - misses no chance to stress his undoubted achievements on the world stage.

    Recently, huge billboards were put up in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem showing the prime minister with President Trump, beaming and shaking hands. "Netanyahu: a different league" read the slogan.


    The prime minister aims to show how his close relations with this White House have helped deliver a tough approach on Iran and the Palestinians as well as
    US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.


    This angered Palestinians who claim the east of the city as the capital of their future state.


    Mr Netanyahu - who flew back early from a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow as the attorney general's decision was about to be announced - misses no chance to stress his undoubted achievements on the world stage.
    Recently, huge billboards were put up in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem showing the prime minister with President Trump, beaming and shaking hands. "Netanyahu: a different league" read the slogan.

    The prime minister aims to show how his close relations with this White House have helped deliver a tough approach on Iran and the Palestinians as well as
    US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.


    This angered Palestinians who claim the east of the city as the capital of their future state.


    Meanwhile, Mr Netanyahu's main opponents are demanding that he step down, pledging they would not join any future government that he headed.

    "People of Israel, sitting with Netanyahu in the same government cannot happen. I call on you Netanyahu, to show responsibility and to resign from your position," Mr Gantz said in his TV statement late on Thursday.


    The Labour party sent voice messages to hundreds of thousands of Israelis with a recording of Mr Netanyahu from 2009. As head of the opposition, he called on then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, to leave office as he faced corruption investigations.


    Mr Olmert did step aside.
    He was later prosecuted for taking bribes and spent over a year and a half in prison.


    This is the first time that a serving prime minister has been put on official notice of planned prosecution. While there are no currently no legal barriers to him staying on, it creates an uncertain situation.

    "We're in uncharted waters. We don't know how this will take shape," says Guy Lurie, a legal expert at the Israel Democracy Institute.

    Mr Netanyahu is presumed innocent unless proven otherwise. However, if he is re-elected, indicted and then refuses to resign, it is thought likely that the Supreme Court would rule on his position.

    "It's really difficult to see how he could conduct himself in court facing serious - potentially multiple - corruption charges and continue to conduct government," Mr Lurie notes.


    The prime minister is calling the case against him a "house of cards" predicting that it "will collapse soon".


    However, many Israeli commentators think he has already been tainted by the accusations against him suggesting a lavish lifestyle, conflicts of interest and abuse of authority.


    In his lengthy report delivered to the prime minister's lawyers, the attorney general Avichai Mandelblit wrote: "You have hurt the image of public service and public faith in it."

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-47415550

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    The charges:

    In Case 1000, in which the prime minister is alleged to have accepted gifts from wealthy business figures in return for political favors, the charges are fraud and breach of trust.

    In Case 2000, which centers around a deal between the prime minister and Arnon Mozes - favorable coverage in return for damaging the Sheldon Adelson's competing newspaper, Israel Hayom. The charge: Breach of trust.

    In Case 4000, Netanyahu is accused of providing regulatory concessions to Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder of Bezeq telecommunications, in exchange for favorable coverage from Bezeq’s news website, Walla. The charge: Bribery and breach of trust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    The only thing that will make me laugh louder than seeing this little prick doing a perp walk will be when baldy orange cunto is doing his.
    I can't agree with you on that. Bibi, sooooo much smarter, is the more dangerous and has done far worse in terms of humanitarian crimes than the fat orange baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    I can't agree with you on that. Bibi, sooooo much smarter, is the more dangerous and has done far worse in terms of humanitarian crimes than the fat orange baby.
    Yeah, but baldy orange cunto will be like that fat bloke that's first to break in The Shawshank Redemption.


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Yeah, but baldy orange cunto will be like that fat bloke that's first to break in The Shawshank Redemption.

    Oh yeah, undoubtably Trump's imprisonment would be the funniest. Bibi's the most satisfying.

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    Venezuela on a back burner this week, not easy for Trump to pontificate on criminal leaders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foobar View Post
    Venezuela on a back burner this week, not easy for Trump to pontificate on criminal leaders.
    Not at all, there have been two UNSC resolutions, both veto'd.

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