Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, listens to an adviser at the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. (Gali Tibbon, Pool via AP)
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This has raised speculation that Netanyahu could be indicted shortly, and sparked calls from opposition figures that he step down.The second investigation, "File 2000," reportedly concerns Netanyahu's alleged attempts to strike a deal with publisher Arnon Mozes of the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper group to promote legislation to weaken Yedioth's main competitor in exchange for more favorable coverage of Netanyahu by Yedioth.Netanyahu has done his best to belittle suspicions. Netanyahu, the second-longest serving leader in Israeli history, has escaped several scandals before related to his and his wife Sara's expensive tastes and personal conduct. Legally, Netanyahu appears to be on solid ground for now. Though his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, resigned at a similar stage of the investigation into his corruption cases, Netanyahu is not obliged to step down.
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