"The attorney-general indicted Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in Case 4000, the Bezeq-Walla Affair; for fraud and breach of trust in Case 1000, the Illegal Gifts Affair; and for fraud and breach of trust in Case 2000, the Yediot Ahronot-Israel Hayom Affair.
“It is not a political issue,” Mandelblit said. “It is an obligation imposed on all of us – those who are part of law enforcement, and on me personally as the one who stands as its head...There is no man who is above the law.”
An hour after Mandelblit’s announcement, Netanyahu addressed the nation from his residence and said that while he has “great respect” for the country’s judicial system, “something not good is happening to the police investigators and the state-attorney’s office.”
The biggest moving pieces had been what the charge would be in Case 4000 and whether Case 2000 would remain a breach of trust charge as in Mandelblit's initial February announcement, or whether it would be closed.
Ultimately, the decision to indict Netanyahu for bribery is the most decisive one."
JerusalemPost article here: https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Mandelblit-reportedly-will-anno...
Netanyahu has denied all charges and is claiming that the indictments represent an attempted coup against him and his ability to form a coalition government.
Netanyahu denounced what he called the "false" and "politically motivated" allegations, hours after being charged by the attorney general with bribery, fraud and breach of trust. He denied all wrongdoing.
"What is going on here is an attempt to stage a coup against the prime minister," Netanyahu said. "The object of the investigations was to oust the right-wing from government."
Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced the indictment earlier on Thursday, calling it a "heavy-hearted decision" based only on solid legal evidence.
But Netanyahu said the investigators "weren't after the truth, they were after me".
In a 15-minute speech, Netanyahu railed against his political rivals and state institutions, accusing the police and judiciary of bias. The veteran politician argued it was time for an "investigation of the investigators".
He vowed to continue on as prime minister despite potential court dates and intense political pressure.
"I will continue to lead this country, according to the letter of the law," he said. "I will not allow lies to win.""
Aljazeera article link here: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/11/israeli-pm-netanyahu-indicte...
It will be interesting to see if Netanyahu is found guilty in all or any of the charges against him in the end. Either way it appears that Netanyahu's political career is finally coming to end. Fingers crossed...RP