Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on during the dedication ceremony of a new concourse at the Ben Gurion International Airport, near Lod, Israel February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, fighting for his political life after being accused of taking bribes from billionaire supporters, is no stranger to scandal.With cat-like deftness, Netanyahu has always managed to escape prosecution.Netanyahu has angrily rejected the accusations and denounced what he describes as an overzealous police investigation.Here is a look at some of the scandals that have plagued Netanyahu, his family and his confidants over the years.Prosecutors called Netanyahu's conduct "puzzling," but stopped short of filing charges.GIFTS AFFAIRDuring that same stint as prime minister, Netanyahu and his wife Sara were suspected of taking gifts he received from world leaders – items considered state property. Netanyahu's office said the woman was fired because she was prone to violent outbursts.Netanyahu said he was unaware of the cost and halted the practice.NETANYAHU'S WHIPDavid Bitan, one of Netanyahu's closest allies, resigned as coalition whip in December due to suspicions that he accepted bribes as a municipal politician.
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