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you know the business as usual for Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday just a day off to the country's Attorney General announced plans to bring three corruption charges against the prime minister but what effect if any will the allegations hop on the upcoming election the veteran right wing leader faces a coalition of upstart centrist rivals who are proving to be face challenges , it is Stephen farro is injury salen Netanyahu's problem is that the corruption allegations aren't the only problem he faces a threat from a newly reservation center left on that block his head but headed by an Israeli general with a good track record on security one to match Netanyahu's own you could even say I'm he's also facing the prospect of after the election president Donald Trump releasing a Middle East peace plan now no one knows quite what's in it but if there are any concessions to the Palestinians Netanyahu's allies on the right unlikely to be angry I'd are likely to turn on him so he's facing problems on a series of fronts , Netanyahu is suspected of wrongfully accepting more than two hundred and sixty thousand dollars worth of gifts he's also been accused of dispensing favors in return for improved coverage in an Israeli newspaper and website , if convicted of bribery he could face up to ten years in prison , Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing and has dismissed it as a political witch hunts the charges will depend on the hearing whether prime minister I can try and persuade the Attorney General not to indict him for the Israeli voters none of this is going to come as anything you the leaks all the allegations have been going on for months the investigations have been very long running so it's possible that the Israeli electorate has already factored into Netanyahu what they think of him this may change nothing it is conceivable that some right wing voters will in the cold light of day not be happy the such a shadow hanging over a sitting prime minister but it's also possible that they will just decide we knew this nothing you head let's move along we like his politics we like his tough stance of security we're gonna continue voting for him the polls opened on April ninth