FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/

On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted on bribery, fraud, and breach of trust charges as part of three separate corruption cases.
The charges come amid political chaos in Israel, after two previous elections this year failed to yield a viable government.
This scenario has never happened in modern Israeli politics, and what comes next is unclear.
Still, Israel’s political future is as murky as Netanyahu’s legal future — and both remain tied to one another.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has had a hell of a year, in which he lost two elections but has defiantly remained in office, and got indicted in three criminal cases that could bring Israel’s political system down with him.

The 70-year-old politician, who has remained in power for over a decade, was indicted on bribery, fraud, and breach of trust charges on Thursday. He is the first sitting Israeli prime minister ever to be indicted.

Netanyahu has denied all allegations and said the charges against him were part of a “witch hunt” orchestrated by the political left. The maximum sentence for bribery is 10 years in prison, according to Haaretz.

The charges laid out against him come at a particular tricky time for Israel. Neither Netanyahu nor his political rival, former Israel Defense Forces Chief Benny Gantz, succeeded in forming a government, leaving the country in political limbo with an embattled Netanyahu at the helm.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday called it a “miserable political situation” and begged the Israeli leadership to find some form of compromise.

Israel now enters into uncharted and dangerous waters. Its current prime minister has been indicted on criminal charges, while the country may be plunged — for the …read more

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