May 21, 2018

Israeli Police To Recommend Corruption Indictment For PM Netanyahu

09 February 2018, 02:05 | Rufus Hill

Israeli police recommend indicting Netanyahu for corruption: report

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Security Cabinet view the border with Syria from the Golan Heights Feb. 6 2018

Israeli media is reporting that police will recommend indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for corruption, although Netanyahu is downplaying the recommendations.

A government committee had determined that the export of cannabis would bring between 285 million to $1.14 billion a year to the Israeli economy, according to the report.

Speaking last month, attorney general Avichai Mandelblit said the investigation was entering its final stretch.

In an interview on Israeli television on Wednesday, Police Commissioner, Roni Alshiekh, said that investigators were "sniffing" around to dig up dirt on officers. Netanyahu has also charged the Israeli media with spreading "fake news" in regards to the investigations.

The investigation has raised the possibility that Netanyahu, prime minister for a total of almost 12 years, will eventually be forced to resign.

His wife allegedly received bottles of pink champagne.

Case 2000 involves a suspected illicit quid pro quo deal between Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper publisher Arnon Mozes in which the right-wing leader offered to limit the circulation of Israel Hayom, a free, pro-Netanyahu daily owned and published by USA billionaire and Republican party donor Sheldon Adelson, if Mozes gave the prime minister more favorable coverage. Police are divided on whether there is enough evidence to proceed with an indictment.

"A large shadow was cast tonight over the police investigations and their recommendations related to Prime Minister Netanyahu".

Netanyahu has not been named as a suspect in the submarine investigation, but the probe has added to the pressure building around him.

Mr Netanyahu, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, responded in a Facebook post.

"I am certain that in the end of the day, the legal authorities can only reach one conclusion, the simple truth: There is nothing", said Netanyahu. Only if he is convicted - and once any such conviction is upheld throughout the appeals process - would Netanyahu be forced to resign.

Response by Netanyahu's political rivals has been sharp.

Israel has not shied away from pursuing criminal cases against top politicians.

Police have recommended she be "indicted on a charge of misuse of funds". Netanyahu has not been tied to the deal but some people in his circle were arrested in connection, The Washington Post reported.

"I wish for the prime minister that he end his term quickly and in a seemly manner", Olmert, also known for his taste for fine cigars, was quoted as saying at an event in Tel Aviv.

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