Benjamin Netanyahu suggests Israeli police could implicate him in corruption probe


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

The bill, instigated by MK Yoav Kish from Netanyahu's own party, was supposed to come before a Knesset committee on Sunday. "The State of Israel is a nation of law". We expect 'recommendations, ' we know there will be signs reading 'Netanyahu go home, ' and all sorts of pressures. Its last four prime ministers have all been probed, and police recommended indicting Ariel Sharon while he was in office, although the attorney general dropped the case.

In a rare interview on the cases on Wednesday for Hadashot news's investigative program "Uvda", Alsheich rebuffed as "untrue" Netanyahu's earlier claim that most police recommendations are eventually trashed.

Addressing the investigation into him, Netanyahu said, "Qualified legal experts will arrive at one conclusion of the simple truth".

For months, Netanyahu has been under investigation for allegedly receiving lavish gifts from leading Israeli business tycoons in exchange for political favors. The law says that the one to determine whether there is evidence against the prime minister is the attorney general and he consults with the state attorney. "The investigators in the Netanyahu case are constantly pestered by people who annoy their families, their neighbors, and who appear to be collecting information about them".

Police will not present a recommendation on another case alleging Netanyahu negotiated with Yediot Aharonot publisher Arnon "Noni" Mozes for favorable coverage, Channel 2 said.

While Zionist Union chair Gabbay has previously said that Netanyahu need not resign over police recommendations for indictment, in his statement Thursday he said that the government could no longer be trusted to make principled decisions uninfluenced by the investigations.

Police have not made comments on a possible indictment on the third case as investigation seems to still be underway.

Netanyahu has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing throughout the corruption probe.

Mr Netanyahu has previously dismissed the corruption claims as a witch hunt orchestrated by a hostile media.