The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu could face charges of corruption in two cases as Israeli media sources say police recommend indictments against Netanyahu. One case relates to Netanyahu allegedly accepting highly valued gifts from two billionaires – Israeli Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and Australian businessman James Packer. The other alleges the Prime Minister said he would give preferential attention to a news outlet in exchange for positive coverage. The cases will be brought to the Attorney General of Israel Avihai Mendelblit who will review any evidence and decide whether charges will be filed. During this period, which could extend for months, Netanyahu will be able to stay in office should he not resign.
The Prime Minister has denied the allegations and says he intends to remain in office until the next election occurs, and even to run for re-election. However, calls are already beginning to come from his opposition for his resignation. Some have referred to when Netanyahu himself called for his predecessor to resign under similar circumstances, but he insists on the charges being a witch hunt.