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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech in his
Jerusalem office December 28, 2016.

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday
denied allegations of wrongdoing published by local media
outlets, who say the attorney-general will launch a criminal
investigation against the prime minister next week.

A statement issued by a Netanyahu spokesman said the probe would
fail to uncover any evidence against him.

“All the supposed affairs will turn out to be fiction, as will be
the claims currently being published in the media… Nothing will
be found because there is nothing to uncover,” Netanyahu’s
spokesman said.

Israeli Channel 10 television said on Wednesday that
Attorney-General Avihai Mandelblit, who was working with
prosecutors and police, had ordered a probe.

The report said Mandelblit had authorized police to question
Netanyahu under caution in two affairs and that a date for the
interrogation would be set in the coming days.

The Justice Ministry said an announcement would be made “in due
course”.

Channel 2 television followed up on Thursday by alleging that
Netanyahu was suspected of receiving “significant gifts” from a
local and a foreign businessman, although it provided no details.

(Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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