Israeli police recommend indicting Netanyahu for corruption

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slammed Israel Police Chief Roni Alshich after the latter held a meeting Wednesday to discuss whether police will recommend that the prime minister be indicted on corruption charges.

"It is shocking that the police chief will once again allude to the lie that the prime minister sent private investigators to spy on police investigators", Netanyahu wrote in a social media post.

"Many people are asking where this is going", Netanyahu wrote in his post.

"There won't be anything because I know the truth", Netanyahu said in a video statement on Wednesday.

Even if eventually indicted, Netanyahu would not be obliged by law to resign. In 2000, between his terms, police recommended that Netanyahu and his wife be prosecuted on suspicion of bribery and the theft of gifts to the state.

One reportedly concerns claims Mr Netanyahu improperly received lavish gifts from Hollywood and business figures.

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Mickey Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, said two investigations in which Netanyahu has been named a suspect are "reaching a final conclusion".

But Netanyahu, one of the few allies U.S. President Donald Trump and the leader of the most conservative government in Israel's history, denies all allegations.

He also referred to claims that sexual harassment allegations against the head of the unit investigating Netanyahu were an attempt to smear him because of the graft probe.

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.

Hours before Alsheich's interview was broadcast, Netanyahu hit back at media reports that said police believe there is sufficient evidence to charge him with taking bribes, fraud, and breach of trust, saying the legal authorities will ultimately conclude that "there is nothing". Anti-corruption protests in Tel Aviv have become more common, and thousands of demonstrators have called on Netanyahu to step down.

"Won't happen", Netanyahu tweeted in August 2017.

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