>> Benjamin Netanyahu who's legal troubles are deepening after police called for him to face bribery charges. The question is, whether it's the beginning of the end for the Israeli leader, or just one more story to shrug off. In Jerusalem, I'm Reuters Editor in Charge, Jeffrey Heller. Champagne, cigars, and jewelery, gifts police say Netanyahu and his family received from businessmen for nearly a decade.
$300,000 worth of gifts, investigators say. Simply tokens of friendship, his lawyers argue. Netanyahu hasn't addressed those police allegations in detail, but at a public appearance a day after the recommendations were issued, the defiant Israeli leader called them full of holes, like Swiss cheese. In the meantime, it's business as usual for Netanyahu.
He's off to an international security conference in Munich on Thursday where he's likely to continue to take aim at Israel's arch foe Iran. The many Israeli commentators are saying that Netanyahu's government is living on borrowed time with a politically weakened leader at its head. Netanyahu has been drawing political strength at home from his close ties with Donald Trump, but there has also recently been weekly demonstrations against the corruption at the top in Israel.
If Netanyahu is indicted he will be the first sitting Prime Minister in the country's history to face criminal charges. That would be an especially bold move for Attorney General Abiha Mandablit. He is a former military prosecutor and an ex-cabinet secretary appointed to Israel's top legal post by Netanyahu himself.
A public debate has already begun as to whether Mandablit who shies away from press interviews will be guarded solely by legal considerations, or whether he feels beholden to the Netanyahu, the man who promoted him through government ranks. We've heard from Netanyahu's coalition partners and none seem ready to rock the boat.
So for now, his government remains intact. That could change if the Attorney General decides to indict him. A decision could be months away.