Israel’s Channel 2 and Channel 10 reported Tuesday that Israel Police will recommend indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery and breach of trust in two cases.
Netanyahu, who denies any wrongdoing whatsoever, has been questioned multiple times since the beginning of 2017 and is a suspect in two separate cases. Police can only make a recommendation, the final decision to indict rests with the attorney-general.
After a long 14-month-long investigation, police are expected to announce on Tuesday that it found enough evidence to recommend the state’s prosecution to indict Netanyahu for bribery and breach of trust in Case 1000, the “gifts affair” and Case 2000, the “Yediot Aharanot Affair.”
In Case 1000, the “gifts affair,” it is alleged that Netanyahu improperly accepted expensive gifts from different businessmen, in exchange for political bounce back.
In Case 2000, the “Yediot Aharonot affair,” Netanyahu allegedly negotiated with publisher Arnon “Noni” Mozes for favorable coverage of himself in Yediot Aharonot in exchange for support of a bill to weaken Israel Hayom, the largest circulation Hebrew-language paper and Yediot’s biggest competitor.
These police recommendations come in the shadow of an ongoing campaign by Netanyahu to discharge the credibility of his investigators.
At this point in the investigation, the prosecution and Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit will have to examine the evidence that the police have collected throughout all of the investigations, and will also later decide whether to actually indict the prime minister or not.
As Prime Minister, Netanyahu will not be required at this point to resign from office. The law says that only after a peremptory Supreme Court verdict (meaning after an appeal was submitted and rejected), the prime minister must resign from office. Though there have been cries from the public that he should resign if he is indicted.
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