Israeli Police Call For Charging Netanyahu With Bribery

Sara and Benjamin Netahyahu face bribery indictment
Sara and Benjamin Netahyahu face bribery indictment

03 December, 2018

Journalists who previously worked for Walla have confirmed that they were pressured into exclusively covering Netanyahu in a positive light.

Elovitch's wife, Iris, and Netanyahu's wife, Sara, were also implicated in the case, known as Case 4000. Now, the Israeli attorney general should decide whether to bring indictments in the case.

Netanyahu has said he wants his coalition to keep going until the end of its term, but politicians close to him say that given the coalition's shaky razor-thin majority, an early election is likely.

Police said there was evidence to charge Netanyahu with bribery, fraud, breach of trust and unlawful acceptance.

Police said there was evidence to charge Netanyahu with bribery, fraud, breach of trust and unlawful acceptance.

"These recommendations were determined and leaked even before the investigations began", Mr Netanyahu said in a statement.

The police recommendations do not have any immediate impact on Netanyahu.

"I am certain that the authorized officials, after considering the matters, will reach the same conclusion in this case as well - that there was nothing because there is nothing", Netanyahu further said on Sunday.

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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". Now he appears to be facing the challenge of both - legal charges and an election.

It's up to the attorney general whether to indict. Netanyahu holds a solid lead in all opinion polls, and a victory would make it more hard for Mandelblit to indict and potentially force out a newly re-elected leader.

The second case, called Case 2000, involves conversations Netanyahu had with Arnon Mozes, the owner of one of Israel's leading newspapers, Yedioth Ahronoth, which is regularly critical of the Prime Minister. In exchange, Elovitch instructed journalists at the news website Walla! to provide favourable coverage of the prime minister and his wife.

In their statement, the authorities said: "The main suspicion is that the prime minister took bribes and acted out of a conflict of interest by intervening and making regulatory decisions that favor Shaul Elovitch and Bezeq".

The prime minister has denied any wrongdoing, dismissing the accusations as a witch hunt orchestrated by the media.

Opposition lawmakers called on Netanyahu to resign. "The people of Israel deserve clean leadership". "Every day he continues in his position harm to the citizens of this country".

They are also recommending charges be brought against Mr Elovitch and members of his family.

Netanyahu is suspected of having received luxury gifts from businessmen overseas in Case 1000.

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