Israel's police chiefs to recommend indicting Netanyahu

Posted February 09, 2018

Benjamin Netanyahu has attacked Israel's police chief ahead of an expected announcement regarding a corruption investigation into the Prime Minister.

The bill, instigated by MK Yoav Kish from Netanyahu's own party, was supposed to come before a Knesset committee on Sunday.

"The State of Israel is a state of law".

"A large shadow was cast tonight over the police investigations and their recommendations related to Prime Minister Netanyahu".

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The investigation has raised the possibility that Netanyahu, prime minister for a total of almost 12 years, will eventually be forced to resign. In 2000, between his terms, police recommended that Netanyahu and his wife be prosecuted on suspicion of bribery and the theft of gifts to the state.

Case 2000 involves a suspected illicit quid pro quo deal between Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper publisher Arnon Mozes in which the right-wing leader offered to limit the circulation of Israel Hayom, a free, pro-Netanyahu daily owned and published by USA billionaire and Republican party donor Sheldon Adelson, if Mozes gave the prime minister more favorable coverage. The cases involve allegations of fraud, bribery and breach of trust, according to police. However, before an official indictment recommendation is made to the State Attorney's Office, the police team will examine the remaining "holes" in the case, Israeli media report.

Political tensions are on the rise in Israel as the anti-corruption investigation into the Prime Minister is reportedly entering its final phase and may result in the forced resignation of the country's long-standing leader.

Throughout the investigation into both matters, Netanyahu has maintained that he has not committed any wrongdoing.

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The corruption allegations have sparked a backlash across Israel, with people staging "Marches of Shame" in cities against reported corruption by Netanyahu.

"At the end of the day, the legal entities will also reach this simple truth: there is nothing", he said.

Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, a Netanyahu appointee, has been accused of dragging his feet on the investigations.

According to Ynet, "Police chiefs are in unanimous agreement that there is sufficient evidence to indict Netanyahu for bribe taking in Case 1,000 or the so-called 'gifts affair.'" The announcement is expected to happen on either February 12 or 13.

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