Netanyahu defiant after police unearth corruption evidence

Netanyahu defiant after police unearth corruption evidence”

"Someone with such serious accusations against them, many of which he does not even deny, can not continue to serve as prime minister with responsibility for the security and well-being of Israel's citizens", Lapid said.

Netanyahu complained "that from the moment he became the Prime Minister there has not been a single day when he was attacked - and those attacks were not only directed at him, but at his wife and his children, which hurts him, since he loves them".

In the other probe, Netanyahu allegedly asked the publisher of a Israeli newspaper, Yadiot Ahronot daily, for favourable coverage in exchange for weakening a free competitor newspaper.

Netanyahu has angrily rejected the accusations and denounced what he describes as an overzealous police investigation.

Netanyahu, with his coalition partners thus far standing by him, at least until a formal indictment, now says, "Let me reassure you: the coalition is stable".

The Prime Minister wrapped up by vowing to stay in office and run for re-election.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Israelis have taken to the streets in recent months calling for Netanyahu's resignation.

This week we have learned that there is solid evidence that Bibi has engaged in bribery, fraud, and breach of the public trust.

From 2009 "Netanyahu and Arnon Mozes held conversations and personal meetings during which they discussed helping each other as a quid pro quo to advance their respective interests", said police.

Responding to criticism that he would be hesitant to file charges against Netanyahu - the two are long-time confidants, with Mandelblit once having served as Netanyahu's cabinet secretary - Mandel said he would be able to maintain his professionalism, although it will not be a pleasant task. Netanyahu's Likud party tried to pass a law that would shield him from the recommendations by prohibiting police from making any recommendations.

Police have been investigating Netanyahu over suspicions that he and his family received expensive gifts from Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer.

Netanyahu has spent a combined 12 years as prime minister.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a luncheon at the 54th Munich Security Conference, on Friday Feb. 16, 2018, in Munich.

Netanyahu also acted to promote a law that gives tax exemption for returning Israeli residents who were living overseas for over 10 years, known as the "Milchan Bill", and helped Milchan to promote his investment in the Israeli media.

Netanyahu has previously accused the media of orchestrating a "witch hunt" to overthrow the most conservative governing coalition in Israel's history.

"The Golan Heights will remain in the hands of Israel forever", he said.

Demonstrators in Tel Aviv called for the dissolution of the government and chanted "corrupted go home" holding signs saying "not left, not right, but straight", alluding to Israel's politicians' honesty in the public sphere. Netanyahu stated earlier this month that the Trump administration was ready to greenlight Israel's annexation of some settlements, but the Trump administration promptly and forcefully denied the claim.

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