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AG tells police to hold off on Netanyahu graft probe recommendations

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit instructs police to hold off submitting their recommendations on indictments in two graft probes into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, due to a High Court petition seeking to cancel the police practice of giving an opinion on whether to press charges.

The development comes amid reports that police are poised to recommend indictments against the prime minister in the cases.

In so-called Case 1000, Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, are suspected of receiving illicit gifts from billionaire benefactors, most notably hundreds of thousands of shekels’ worth of cigars and champagne from the Israeli-born Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan.

Case 2000 involves a suspected illicit quid-pro-quo deal between Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper publisher Arnon Mozes that would have seen the prime minister weaken a rival daily, the Sheldon Adelson-backed Israel Hayom, in return for more favorable coverage from Yedioth.

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