Israel police recommend corruption charges for Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel police recommend corruption charges for Benjamin Netanyahu

Just as President Donald Trump overcame the media and left-wing establishment to win the U.S. election despite his bluster and personal baggage, so too is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defying the odds in Israel.

Nearly half of Israelis (48 percent) believe that the country's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should resign amid police recommendations for his indictment on corruption allegations, a poll showed.

Ministers close to him also defended Netanyahu.

He said the police report was "contrary to the truth and logic". "We will continue to work together with you for the citizens of the State of Israel, until the end of our term", in late 2019.

Avraham Diskin, a political science professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said none of Netanyahu's coalition partners had any incentive to rock the boat.

The Ministry said it believes that Netanyahu's remarks reflect the goals of the right-wing and the schemes of annexation and Judaization of the Occupied Territories, ending the chances of a two-state solution and the possibility of establishing an independent, viable and sovereign Palestinian state with occupied East Jerusalem as its capital.

"There have been 15 accusations made against Netanyahu", all without toppling the prime minister, added Hazan.

"If Netanyahu is cleared - and given the weakness of the charges against him, it's hard to see how he can be indicted - then the police will lose their credibility and the public trust", concluded Glick. All the parties in his right-wing coalition have said that they will not bring down the government, fearing that elections at this point could serve the left-wing opposition.

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Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, whose centre-right Kulanu Party controls ten seats, also signalled he would remain in the government as did Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

The gifts allegedly included pricey cigars, jewellery, and champagne.

In all, the merchandise was worth more than one million Israeli shekels ($280,000), the statement said. The case has focused primarily on Netanyahu's relationship with Israeli billionaire and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan.

Israeli media outlet Ynetnews had reported that Tata was part of the project that Netanyahu tried to push to help Milchan.

Initially, Mandelblit's spokesperson refused to confirm or deny the reports about scrutiny of the police from anonymous state prosecution officials, but on Thursday morning he issued a statement confirming that "the publication of the police regarding the completion of their investigation into Cases 1000 and 2000 was done in complete coordination with the attorney-general".

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

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's allies from the Likud party are rallying to his defense, a day after police recommended the attorney general indict him on corruption charges.

While an indictment alone would not legally oblige Netanyahu to resign, he would likely face mounting pressure to do so. He has already faced a series of large protests in Tel Aviv over the corruption cases.

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