Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could soon be facing corruption charges after Israeli police said there is enough evidence of wrongdoing to bring charges against him.

The BBC reports on the allegations:

One case centres on an allegation that Mr Netanyahu asked the publisher of an Israeli newspaper, Yediot Aharonot, for positive coverage in exchange for help in reining in a rival publication.

The second allegation centres on a claim that Mr Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister since 2009, received more than $100,000 (£72,000) in gifts from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and other supporters.

The Jerusalem Post says the gifts included champagne and cigars, and were given in exchange for help getting Mr Milchan a US visa.

The nation’s attorney general will make the decision whether to bring charges.


  • Nathan Guttman Washington correspondent, Israeli Public TV and The Forward; @nathanguttman

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