Israeli police recommend Netanyahu be charged with corruption

Israeli police recommend Netanyahu be charged with corruption

Israeli police recommend Netanyahu be charged with corruption

In an emailed statement, a spokesman for Packer said: "There is no allegation of wrongdoing on Mr. Packer's behalf".

More importantly, the coalition parties that keep Netanyahu afloat said they would await the ruling of Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit, who could take months to decide whether to file charges. "After nine years of Netanyahu, the public deserves a new leadership and a clean, honest prime minister", it concluded.

"Over the years, I have been the subject of at least 15 inquiries and investigations", he said. She added that the police recommendations "have no legal validity". "All of those attempts resulted in nothing, and this time again they will come to nothing".

Speaking Wednesday morning in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu made that same point.

"I will continue to lead Israel with responsibility and commitment", proclaimed prime minister, who during course of investigations and interrogations has repeated as a mantra, "re will be nothing, because re was never anything", to imply that research They have little consistency.

"Someone with such serious accusations against them, many of which he does not even deny, can not continue to serve as prime minister with responsibility for the security and well-being of Israel's citizens, " Lapid said.

In Case 2000, police are reportedly examining conversations with newspaper proprietor Noni Mozes, which revealed an alleged quid pro quo' arrangement with the Yedioth Ahronoth publisher to limit circulation of the newspaper's main rival in exchange for more favorable coverage.

Police said there was sufficient evidence to charge bothMr Milchan and Mr Mozes with bribery. "Should such behavior come to be accepted as the norm for public servants, moral decay will spread through our civil service and the public's trust in the government will plummet".

"We are a state of law, and Prime Minister Netanyahu is still presumed innocent".

Among police suspicions are that Netanyahu worked with Milchan, a well-known Hollywood producer, to arrange a U.S. visa, lessen the billionare's tax burden, and assist with business ventures. The finance ministry eventually rejected this proposal.

Mr Milchan's lawyer said the police recommendation "ignored basic facts".

Netanyahu professed his innocence and asserted that he would continue to lead the ruling government coalition.

A police statement said there was enough evidence to indict him for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in two separate cases. The gifts from Milchan reportedly included expensive cigars and champagne.

Almost all of Mr Netanyahu's Cabinet ministers issued statements of support and no coalition partners appeared ready to bolt.

Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett, reporting from West Jerusalem, said Netanyahu's political future now rested on how his political allies responded.

What has the reaction been?

But the Education Minister, Naftali Bennett, has said that Netanyahu has "not lived up to the standard" expected of Israeli leaders. "The prime minister must show national responsibility - you can not be prime minister, foreign minister and health minister, while you spend most of your time with lawyers and dealing with media reactions".

But Mr Netanyahu remained defiant.

Zionist Union leader Avi Gabbay claimed it was "the end of the Netanyahu era".

Ilan Gilon, of the left-wing Meretz party, said the allegations cast a "heavy shadow" over the prime minister.

Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin (Likud) said that the police recommendations are part of "a contemptible move to stage a government coup against the will of the voter". Even if the plain, dry law does not require Netanyahu to resign, a leader with such serious accusations hanging in the air against him should, in an advanced country, resign.

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