Israeli Labour Minister Resigns Amid Fraud And Corruption Charges

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The Israeli Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Haim Katz, announced his resignation on Friday after Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit announced his intention to charge the Minister for fraud and corruption.

The 71-year-old is accused of tabling legislation designed to benefit the interests of Israeli businessman Mordechai Ben Ari, who has acted as an investment advisor for Katz, according to Haaretz.

“According to the indictment, Haim Katz and Mordechai Ben Ari have formed a relationship and have become close friends, while sharing common economic interests,” the Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.

“In all my actions, fulfilling my duties as a minister and member of the Knesset, I acted impartially and in the public interest,” Katz wrote in the resignation letter handed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday.

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