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by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Netanyahu faces possible indictment for bribery, fraud, breach of trust, and money laundering – discussed in an earlier article.

His close confidant, Ari Harow, turned state’s witness against him. A gag order in place until September 17 prevents information about the case from coming out.

Police recommended indicting Netanyahu. If charges against him are made, state prosecutors will decide whether to hold him accountable. Based on what’s known, there’s plenty about his shady dealings to prosecute and convict.

Last year, Israeli State Comptroller Joseph Shapira reported evidence of significant Netanyahu financial improprieties, saying a criminal investigation is warranted.

Shapira indicated his expenditures for two personal residence in Jerusalem and Caesarea were excessive and improper without integrity or transparency. Large sums were involved.

Government funds were used for personal expenses, including food, hospitality, cleaning, maintenance, electrical work, makeup, hairstyling and travel unrelated to state business.

His wife Sara may be charged with using public funds for personal use. Earlier, Jerusalem’s Labor Court found her guilty of subjecting former employee Guy Eliyahu to humiliating treatment. Judge Dita Pruginin fined her around $30,000 in damages.

Reportedly, Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit is expected to indict Sara Netanyahu later this month on charges of using public funds for personal housekeeping expenses, receiving goods under false pretenses, falsifying documents, and breach of trust.

Will Netanyahu and wife Sara both end up in the dock? Will they do hard time for wrongdoing?

No Israeli politician was ever prosecuted for high crimes against Palestinians, supporting terrorism, or terror-bombing other countries – far more serious than civil wrongdoing.

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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.