TELK AVIV, Israel - Israeli attorney general Avichai Mandelblit on Thursday announced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be put on trial for bribery and corruption charges.
"The attorney general has reached his decision after thoroughly examining the evidence," a statement issued by his office said.
The charges come following an investigation which has taken more than two years to complete and involves relationships between the prime minister and a number of high-profile billionaires.
A hearing at which Mr Netanyahu will be able to mount a defense will precede the trial.
The embattled prime minister immediately called a press conference to denounce the indictmenrt, saying the investigation has been a witch hunt, brought on by the media. Curiously some of the charges relate to the prime minister's alleged attempted manipulation of certain sections of the Israeli media.
Asked about the decision in Hanoi, U.S. Presidsent Donald Trump who has an extraordinary relationship with Mr Netanyahu, was full of praise for the Israeli leader. "I can say this: that he's done a great job as prime minister. He's tough, he's smart, he's strong," he said.