Pink Champagne, Cuban Cigars: How Benjamin Netanyahu Got Corruption Taint

If Netanyahu wins re-election, he will become Israel’s longest-serving premier – besting even the country’s founder, David Ben-Gurion.

Benjamin Netanyahu has had a long career in Israeli politics. On Thursday, however, his political future was thrown into doubt as Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit recommended that the prime minister be indicted on charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust.

The announcement comes just weeks ahead of Israel’s April 9 election. If Netanyahu wins re-election, he will become Israel’s longest-serving premier – besting even the country’s founder, David Ben-Gurion.

But Netanyahu has been dogged by scandals for much of his career. In Israel, the details of the investigations against him and his allies are so well known that they are known by their case numbers: 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000. The details of these cases – whether they involved pink champagne or American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson – have been splashed across Israeli newspapers for years.

Mandelblit outlined the case against the prime minister in a letter to Netanyahu’s attorneys, which stated that the indictment would relate to three of the four cases: 1000, 2000 and 4000. Here’s what we know:

Case 1000: Cigars, pink champagne and tickets to see Mariah Carey

This investigation centers on illegal gifts allegedly received by the Netanyahu family – including pink champagne, jewelry, Cuban cigars and even tickets to a Mariah Carey concert – in exchange for political favors to billionaires.

In total, Netanyahu, wife Sara and son Yair are accused of receiving gifts worth more than $280,000 in return for the prime minister promoting policies that benefited powerful allies.

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