US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert has declined to comment on the corruption allegations against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling it ‘an internal Israeli matter’ and ensuring that the relationship between the two countries remains strong.

Netanyahu and Trump meeting in Davos in January

Netanyahu and Trump meeting in Davos in January Photo credit: GPO

The US State Department said on Wednesday the police recommendations concerning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are “an internal Israeli matter,” refusing to comment on it.

“We are aware of the charges leveled against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, but we consider them by all means an internal Israeli matter,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters. “The only thing I have to say about that is that the United States has a very strong relationship not only with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but also the Israeli Government.”

On Tuesday, the Israel Police recommended that Netanyahu be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two corruption cases known as Case 1,000 and Case 2,000.

The first case revolves around expensive gifts Netanyahu allegedly received from several close acquaintances, including Israeli businessman Arnon Milchan. The second case centers on alleged phone conversations Netanyahu held with Arnon Mozes, the publisher of the Yediot Ahronot daily newspaper, in which he is suspected of trying to hammer out a deal to ensure more favorable coverage.