Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel PM faces corruption charges

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly Cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office, February 13, 2011. UPI/Gali Tibbon/Pool

Israel’s attorney general intends to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges.

Netanyahu faces possible charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in connection with three cases.

The prime minister is alleged to have accepted gifts from wealthy businessmen and dispensed favours to try to get more positive press coverage.

Netanyahu, who faces an election, said in a TV address that the case would “collapse like a house of cards”.

In a defiant broadcast, he repeated his assertion that he is the victim of a left-wing “witch-hunt” intended to topple him ahead of the closely contested election on 9 April.

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