Netanyahu indicted in court on corruption charges after dropping immunity bid

Benjamin Netanyahu is in the US for the unveiling of Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan                      REUTERS

He also criticised opponents for going ahead with the debate when US President Donald Trump was due to unveil his long-awaited Middle East peace plan.

On Wednesday, Mr Netanyahu will fly to Moscow to brief Russian President Vladimir Putin on the plan, Israeli officials said.

Israel’s longest serving prime minister is accused of accepting gifts from wealthy businessmen and dispensing favours to try to get more positive press coverage. He says he is the victim of a politically motivated “witch hunt”.

It could take many months before the trial starts. And even if convicted, Mr Netanyahu would not be required to step down as prime minister until the appeals process was exhausted – something that could take years.

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