The announcement comes ahead of April 9 elections. The Israeli PM went on national television on Thursday night. He rejected the latest allegations against him as politically motivated and said will debunk all charges against him.. He called the timing of the announcement, six weeks ahead of elections, “outrageous” and accused his leftist opponents of carrying out an “unprecedented witch hunt.” “Don’t let this witch hunt affect you,” he told Israeli voters.
Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Mr Mandelblit said he planned to charge Mr Netanyahu with bribery for allegedly promoting regulatory changes worth hundreds of millions of dollars to telecom giant Bezeq in return for positive press coverage. He will also charge Mr Netanyahu with fraud and breach of trust in two other cases. Before any indictment is filed, Netanyahu is entitled to a hearing to present his side of the story. For the past two years, as the corruption cases were the subject of intense news coverage, Netanyahu suffered relatively little harm in the polls.