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Netanyahu indictment looms, but high stakes drag out decision

More than the fate of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rides on the decision of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit: public trust in the legal system, not to mention his own career.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) and Cabinet Secretary, Avichai Mandelblit (L) arrive for the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on September 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / MENAHEM KAHANA

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A very hot potato will land on the desk of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit in the next few days: two police investigations. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px 'Times New Roman'; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 18.0px} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px 'Times New Roman'; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none} The so-called Case 1000 concerns gifts accepted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Case 2000 concerns conversations between Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes about positive media coverage.

When it comes to Case 1000, at least, the summary of the investigation will lead to a single, decisive conclusion: Netanyahu must be indicted for bribery. Deliberations over Case 2000 are still underway, and it is possible that he will be indicted for a less serious crime.

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