Israeli Police Recommend Indicting Prime Minister Netanyahu on Bribery Charges

Israeli Police Recommend Indicting Prime Minister Netanyahu on Bribery Charges

Israeli Police Recommend Indicting Prime Minister Netanyahu on Bribery Charges

Israeli police on Sunday said they had found enough evidence for bribery and fraud charges to be brought against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife in a third corruption case against the Israeli leader.

The decision whether to indict falls to Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit, who still hasn't ruled on the two other corruption cases in which police have already said Netanyahu should be indicted.

"I'm sure that in this case the relevant authorities, after examining the issue, will reach the same conclusion: that there was nothing because there is nothing", he said in a statement.

"There was nothing because there is nothing", he said of the police's recommendations to indict him.

Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing and claims he is the victim of a media witch hunt.

Mr Netanyahu rejected the allegations in what is known as Case 4000.

They recommended Ms Sara Netanyahu face charges of bribery, fraud, breach of trust and obstruction of justice.

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Investigators say Netanyahu advanced regulatory benefits worth up to 1 billion shekels (approximately $280 million) to Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder of Bezeq, and Netanyahu's friend.

Despite the ongoing criminal investigations, which began a year and a half ago, Netanyahu has held on to the support of his Likud party and his coalition.

If true, this would constitute bribery, as Netanyahu worked to set government policies that would increase monetary profits in exchange for positive media coverage.

From 2012 to 2017 the prime minister and his associates "blatantly intervened" on a near-daily basis in the Walla news site, using the connections with Elovitch to influence appointments there and to promote flattering articles and pictures while quelling critical stories of the prime minister and his family, police said.

"The prime minister has no moral mandate to keep his seat and must resign today", said Tamar Zandberg, who leads the leftwing Meretz party. The country's attorney general will now decide on whether to prosecute, with no announcement expected before the end of next year.

Following the latest statement from police on Sunday, opposition politicians once again called on Netanyahu to resign. Other former employees have accused her of mistreatment, charges the Netanyahus have vehemently denied, and of excessive spending and charging the state for her private, expensive tastes.

The Prime Minister's wife, Sara Netanyahu, was charged in July with fraud and breach of trust in a separate investigation, alleging misuse of state funds at the couple's official residence.

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