Israeli police recommend PM Netanyahu be charged with bribery

Israel Police Recommend Indicting Benjamin Netanyahu In Corruption Probe

Israel Police Recommend Indicting Benjamin Netanyahu In Corruption Probe

Israeli police on Sunday recommended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted in a corruption case involving the country's telecommunications giant Bezeq.

In response to the police statement, Netanyahu said, "The police recommendations against me and my wife do not surprise anyone".

Netanyahu has also said he's innocent in those cases. It's now up to the State Prosecutor's Office to decide whether charges will be filed.

Most of Netanyahu's coalition partners have said they will wait for a decision by the attorney-general before making any decisions about how to react to the allegations.

In a statement, police said the investigation concluded that Netanyahu and Elovitch engaged in a "bribe-based relationship".

Fast-forward another year, to December 2, 2018, and those two incidents, the original attempt to allegedly obstruct, and, a year later, Yeshua's coming clean to investigators, form the backbone of a police recommendation document that may be the most serious threat to Netanyahu's political future thus far.

Netanyahu reiterated a phrase he has used since all the investigations against him were launched more than two years ago - "that there was nothing because there is nothing".

Mr Netanyahu denied the bribery allegations against him and his wife. Now he appears to be facing the challenge of both - legal charges and an election. Hefetz was, police say, desperate to do something about the Elovitch investigation he believed was underway. 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.

In exchange, Elovitch, a long-time friend of Netanyahu's, allegedly ordered the Walla News website to provide favorable coverage of the Israeli premier and his wife.

Hefetz reportedly told the police he would at times speak with Elovitch up to seven times a day in his capacity as Netanyahu's adviser. Mr Netanyahu is in his second stint as prime minister.

"A prime minister with so many criminal cases around him can not continue in his job and must resign", said Avi Gabbay, the head of the Labor party. The people of Israel deserve a clean leadership. The first case, referred to as Case 1000, involves gifts of cigars and jewellery bestowed by billionaire benefactors such as Israeli-born Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan, whose film credits include Fight Club and Pretty Woman, and Australian businessman James Packer. Indictments were recommended, however, against some of the Prime Minister's close associates, including his cousin and lawyer David Shimron.

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