Benjamin Netanyahu has spent 30 years in public office, including 11 years as Israel's prime minister, but this year his political future is being called into question as seldom before. Sarah Mills reports.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spent 30 years in public office. Eleven of those years as prime minister. But this year unlike ever before his political future is being called into question. Police say they've questioned Netanyahu twice since the start of this year in two separate criminal cases. According to Israeli media reports, the first involves receiving gifts regularly from wealthy business men, including cigars and champagne. They say the second case involves him discussing a deal with one of the most influential newspapers in Israel to receive better coverage in return for curtailing the competition. Reuters is unable to independently confirm the specifics of the activities under investigation. Known to supporters and opponents as "Bibi", he's denied any wrongdoing and no charges have been brought. Almost every night on television and every day in newspapers purported leaks have appeared describing what the media say are details of the investigation. Prosecutors have confirmed almost none of what has emerged. Israeli politics has known many scandals before - it's unclear whether Netanyahu will survive this one.