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Netanyahu told to return $900,000 in gifted legal funds from US billionaires

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Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said Wednesday that former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu should return a total of $900,000 to two US businessmen who gave him the money while he was serving as premier.

According to Mandelblit, Netanyahu should give back $300,000 to the estate of his late cousin and benefactor, businessman Nathan Milikowsky, and $600,000 to real-estate mogul Spencer Partrich.

His legal opinion was submitted to the High Court of Justice as part of a petition on the issue filed by good governance groups.

Netanyahu accepted money from Milikowsky — who died in July — and Partrich while serving as prime minister. He has said that it was for legal fees in cases being brought against him and his family, including one case in which he is accused of receiving illicit gifts.

In July, the High Court ordered Mandelblit, the State Comptroller’s Permits Committee and Netanyahu to explain why the money was not an illicit gift, and why he should not be ordered to return it in full.

Specifically, the court said the parties must explain why a Permits Committee decision requiring Netanyahu to only return $30,000 of the total funds from........

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