Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Explainer: the five corruption allegations confronting Benjamin Netanyahu

We examine the five claims facing the Israeli PM

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud whip David Amsalem
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud whip David Amsalem (Photo: Flash 90)

    The actions of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his family and his friends have prompted a catalogue of corruption allegations.

    Each one is at a different stage of police investigation, creating a confusing picture.

    On this page, the JC helps to explain them.

    There are currently

     

    5

     

    police investigations underway in Israel with links to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    Tap a button below to learn more
    Gifts from friends
    POLICE INVESTIGATION ONGOING
    the allegations
    Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu received illegal gifts worth hundreds of thousands of shekels from wealthy businesspeople.
    the latest
    Mr Netanyahu has been questioned seven times under caution about this and the newspaper circulation case. A police recommendation to indict is expected in January 2018.
    what is at stake
    Mr Netanyahu won't be required to resign, but he could lose his Knesset majority first if parties leave his coalition. That could mean someone else becoming PM - or early elections. Some legal experts believe a PM cannot serve under indictment so a Supreme Court challenge would be likely.
    what bibi says
    “Nothing will happen, because nothing did happen.” He accepts he and his wife received gifts, but insists they were legal gifts from close friends.

    If police recommend an indictment

    the files will be passed to the Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit (pictured), who will make the final decision.

     

    The next Knesset election must be held before
    November 5, 2019
    but could be brought forward if an indictment appears imminent

     

World

Dozens of Jewish graves vandalised in Eritrea

Michael Daventry

11:51

Dozens of Jewish graves vandalised in Eritrea
Analysis

Israel’s BDS list has a local angle

Anshel Pfeffer

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Israel’s BDS list has a local angle
Israel

Israeli plans to deport African migrants falter

Anshel Pfeffer

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Israeli plans to deport African migrants falter
Israel

Report predicts Netanyahu ‘gone in 2018’

Michael Daventry

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Report predicts Netanyahu ‘gone in 2018’
Israel

Israel approves Shabbat shop closure plans

Anshel Pfeffer

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Israel approves Shabbat shop closure plans
Israel

Shabbat shop closure bill strains Israel coalition

Anshel Pfeffer

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Shabbat shop closure bill strains Israel coalition
Israel

Israel cautions on Palestinian refugee funding

Anshel Pfeffer

Friday, January 12, 2018

Israel cautions on Palestinian refugee funding
Analysis

Iran protests reveal depth of regime split

Michael Daventry

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Iran protests reveal depth of regime split
Israel

Surprising machinations of Hamas's man in Gaza

Anshel Pfeffer

Friday, December 29, 2017

Surprising machinations of Hamas's man in Gaza