The Israel Police has made public its recommendation to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges including bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Photo Credit: Kobi Richter/TPS
On Tuesday evening, the police investigation against Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was made public, revealing a recommendation for an indictment. Netanyahu is facing corruption charges including bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two cases.
In Cases 1000 and 2000, as they have come to be known, the police claim to have sufficient evidence that Netanyahu made a number of deals to receive favors from businessmen. In return, Netanyahu allegedly passed laws to benefit these businessmen financially. Further, as previously reported by JOL, he allegedly made a deal with the owner of Yedioth Ahronoth, a major Israeli newspaper. In exchange for promoting legislation that would damage the circulation of Yedioth Ahronoth’s main competitor, Netanyahu and his government would receive more favorable coverage.
The recommendation was transferred to the Attorney General, who alone has the power to indict a sitting prime minister. He will have to process this information and decide if an indictment is necessary.
Netanyahu has denied the charges and claimed that the police have been harassing him and his family. Several MKs from his coalition have declared this investigation a “coup” against the government. MKs from the opposition have called for Netanyahu’s immediate resignation.
The prime minister is not required to resign in light of the allegations and indictment recommendations. The process can take years to finalize and only if the prime minister is actually convicted of the charges, especially if the charges involve moral depravity, he is expected to resign from the government as a whole.