TDN World Desk: It is first time in Israel’s history that any sitting prime minister has been indicted in charge of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

On Thursday evening the country’s attorney general Avichai Mandelblit announced that charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust has been unveiled against PM Benjamin Netanyahu in three separate cases.

However, while speaking in Jerusalem on Thursday night, Netanyahu shrugged off the charges brought against him and described it as “an attempted coup against a Prime Minister” and vowed to continue to lead the country.

In the 63-page indictment, Netanyahu, the longest serving Prime Minister, was accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of pounds in luxury gifts from billionaire friends and for trading valuable favours with Israeli media and telecoms moguls for positive news coverage.

Addressing media persons Mandelblit said, “A day in which the attorney general decides to serve an indictment against a seated prime minister for serious crimes of corrupt governance is a heavy and sad day, for the Israeli public and for me personally.”