The Israel Police announced Tuesday there is sufficient evidence to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two cases against him, Case 1000 and Case 2000.
Case 1000 concerns illicit gifts Netanyahu allegedly received from business moguls Arnon Milchan and James Packer, whereas Case 2000 concerns talks the premier had with Yedioth Ahronoth owner and publisher Arnon Mozes regarding the Israel Hayom daily.
The police also recommended the indictment of Milchan for giving bribes and Mozes for offering bribes.
The recommendations now go to Attorney General Avihai Mendelblit, who will review the material before deciding whether to file charges. Netanyahu can remain in office during that process, which could drag on for months.
Case 1000: History of favors given, gifts taken
In Case 1000, the police announced that evidence and testimonies indicate that Netanyahu used his position to influence government policy for the betterment of his associates, while he and his family received kickbacks in return.
The gifts the Netanyahus received–such as cigars, champagne and jewelry–were given over the course of about a decade, reaching a total of about NIS 1 million–NIS 750,000 in gifts from Milchan and about NIS 250,000 from Packer, according to the police.
Among other things, the police said that Yesh Atid party leader MK Yair Lapid served as a key witness in Case 1000.
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