Israel police want PM Benjamin Netanyahu and wife tried for graft

Israel police want PM Benjamin Netanyahu and wife tried for graft

Israel police want PM Benjamin Netanyahu and wife tried for graft

In exchange, Elovitch instructed journalists at the news website Walla! to provide favourable coverage of the prime minister and his wife. News, which is owned by Elovitch.

The investigations never came close to connecting Netanyahu and Elovitch, but the overreaction by the two sides and the alleged efforts at obstruction would produce the paper trail that gave police the leverage to convince both Yeshua and Hefetz, as well as other officials, to turn state's witnesses, bringing their testimony and mountains of evidence - including Yeshua's written testimony from December 28, 2016, as well as his phone - into investigators' hands. Police say Mrs Netanyahu coordinated the coverage.

They accuse the prime minister and Bezeq boss Shaul Elovitch, who they also recommend be charged, as having shared a "bribe-based relationship" which saw Mr Netanyahu and his associates intervene in news coverage on an nearly daily basis.

He argued in a statement that "these recommendations were determined and leaked even before the investigations began".

The police recommendations do not have any immediate impact on Netanyahu.

"There was nothing because there is nothing", he concluded.

Israel's attorney general has not yet decided whether to prosecute Netanyahu over the allegations.

Netanyahu is suspected of having received luxury gifts from businessmen overseas in Case 1000.

This is the third corruption probe in which police have recommended charges against the prime minister.

He is also suspected of negotiating favorable press coverage with the Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes in Case 2000.

The prime minister has been repeatedly questioned by police in the three corruption investigations.

Reuven Hazan, a political scientist at Hebrew University, said Netanyahu will likely try to push forward elections before Mandelblit decides whether to indict.

Her lawyers slammed the indictment in July, describing it as "false and hallucinatory".

"Police recommendations have no legal status", he said in a statement.

Tzipi Livni, the former Foreign Minister, said, "Netanyahu has to go before he takes down law enforcement authorities in order to save himself". The White House is trying to build a coalition of Middle Eastern leaders to deter Iran, to that end encouraging the warming of relations between Israel and Arab states that outwardly shun it and sidelining the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Opposition leader Avi Gabbay, chairman of the Zionist Union party, called for the Prime Minister to stand down immediately.

The other is Mr Shlomo Filber, a Netanyahu ally for more than 20 years and former director general of the communications ministry.

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