Israel’s AG announces intent to indict Netanyahu in corruption probes

Exactly 40 days before national elections, Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced Thursday his decision to pursue an indictment against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery and corruption charges pending a court hearing.

Following months of speculation, Mandelblit announced charges against Netanyahu in three criminal graft cases that have plagued the premier for the past three years.

Netanyahu was slapped with the most laden charges — bribery, fraud and breach of trust — in “Case 4,000”, in which police suspect that Netanyahu granted regulatory benefits to telecommunications giant Bezeq in exchange for positive news coverage by the Walla news website, which is owned by Bezeq’s controlling shareholder Shaul Elovitch.