JERSUSALEM — Israel's attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit has officially charged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with fraud, breach of trust and bribery.
"Israel's attorney general on Thursday formally charged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a series of corruption cases, throwing the country's paralyzed political system into further disarray and threatening the long-time leader's grip on power."
BREAKING: Israeli Justice Ministry: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicted on fraud, breach of trust and bribery.— The Associated Press (@AP) November 21, 2019
"Allegations against Netanyahu include suspicions he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars of champagne and cigars from billionaire friends, offered to trade favors with a newspaper publisher and used his influence to help a wealthy telecom magnate in exchange for favorable coverage on a popular news site."
According to AP, these charges would not force Netanyahu to resign but he could eventually choose to step down on his own.
Netanyahu has denied has denied any wrongdoings.