Israel prosecutor general denies going easy on PM

Israel’s attorney general has said he would approve a criminal probe of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if “reasonable” grounds were found, countering charges that the two men are too close. In July, the attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, said he had given the go-ahead for inquiries into a “matter” involving Netanyahu, defining the case as “an examination and not a criminal investigation into the prime minister”. Israeli media said it concerned suspicions of fraud and money laundering against Netanyahu’s former chief of staff, Ari Harrow.

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