Israeli police recommend bribery charges against Netanyahu

Israeli police recommend bribery charges against Netanyahu

Well, it looks like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be looking at some legal trouble, as police have recommended that he be charged with bribery and corruption.

The second case, Case 2000, also alleges "bribery, fraud and breach of trust by the prime minister" relating to his dealings with Arnon Mozes, the publisher of the biggest-selling Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.

In a statement, Israeli police said Mr Netanyahu had helped Mr Milchan with USA visa matters, by legislating a tax break and connecting him with an Indian businessman. The two men, police said, discussed ways of slowing the growth of a rival daily newspaper, Israel Hayom, "through legislation and other means".

In a televised address, a stern-looking Mr Netanyahu said the recommendations against him were baseless and that he would "continue to lead Israel responsibly and faithfully".

"I am certain, I am certain, that the truth will be revealed, and I am certain that at the next elections, which will be held on schedule, I will earn your trust again", he added. As he noted in his statement on Tuesday night, the police indict no one, they can only recommend.

In a statement, police said their investigation found sufficient evidence to indict Netanyahu in the first case, known as File 1000, for accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust.

Netanyahu, who has repeatedly said he has done nothing wrong, is not expected to resign.

The decision on whether to proceed with the indictment now rests with Attorney-General Avihai Mendelblit, and the Prime Minister's fate may not be decided for several months.

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In some instances, police said, "things were done contrary to the interests of the state".

The 68-year-old right-wing premier has been questioned seven times by police over the allegations and has called the investigation an attempt by political opponents to force him from office. The gifts received by the Netanyahus, such as cigars, champagne and jewellery, were given over about a decade and had a total value of about €230,000.

"Regarding the issue of applying sovereignty, I can tell you that I have for some time been speaking with the Americans about it", Netanyahu told lawmakers from his Likud party, according to comments relayed by a spokesman.

It said Netanyahu had accepted gifts valued at 750,000 shekels ($214,000) from Milchan, and 250,000 shekels ($71,000) from Packer.

For months, police have been investigating two cases. "They all started with explosive headlines, live broadcasts from the studios, some with police recommendations just as scandalous as tonight's".

Indian billionaire Tata: The prime minister tried to aid a project that Milchan was pursuing with Ratan Tata, the Indian billionaire, identified in Israeli news reports as a free-trade zone proposed near the Israeli-Jordanian border.

He has already faced a series of large protests in Tel Aviv over the corruption cases.

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