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Commentary: Are his alleged 'crimes' really crimes?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be indicted, pending a hearing, for three alleged acts of corruption, according to Israel's attorney general. But are the "crimes" at issue really crimes? Has the Israeli legislature - the Knesset - actually criminalized the conduct the prime minister is charged with committing? If not, would the Knesset ever pass statutes to criminalize such conduct? Is it proper for prosecutors to stretch existing laws to fit his conduct?

The first charge relates to the receipt of gifts - cigars, Champagne, jewelry and other items often gifted

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