Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the various corruption accusations shortly after the Israeli Police publicized its recommendation to indict him, claiming that he is only “motivated by the interests of the state.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Photo Credit: Hillel Maeir/TPS
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced the corruption charges and recommendation to indict him. On Tuesday evening, Netanyahu spoke at a press conference and denied the allegations.
Netanyahu said: “I have devoted my life to the security and future of the State of Israel.” Netanyahu is facing corruption charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. This is not the first time that Netanyahu has been accused of corruption. Referring to these allegations, Netanyahu said that all the previous attempts “have ended with no conviction.”
He further emphasized that he has never received gifts in exchange for political favors, stating he is only “motivated by the interests of the state.” Netanyahu’s dismissal of the charges came moments after the Israel Police announced its recommendation to the Attorney General to indict Netanyahu in Cases 1,000 and 2,000.
Netanyahu concluded his statement to the people of Israel, “I will continue to lead Israel responsibly and loyally as long as I am elected to lead you, and I am sure that the truth will present itself. In the next election to come, I am sure I will be elected.”
As previously reported by JOL, Cases 1,000 and 2,000 deal respectively with Netanyahu allegedly accepting lavish gifts from wealthy businessmen in return for favors and claims that Netanyahu sold out Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom to obtain favorable coverage of him and his government in Yedioth Ahronoth.