Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu should face bribery charges – police

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu should face bribery charges – police

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Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed police recommendations to charge him with bribery, fraud and breach of public trust as “biased, extreme and full of holes like Swiss cheese”.

The Israeli Prime Minister, who has been questioned several times since the start of 2017, is a suspect in two separate cases.

In one of them, he is alleged to have received $100,000 (£72,000) in gifts from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and other wealthy supporters.

In the other case, he is accused of offering preferential treatment to a newspaper publisher in exchange for favourable coverage.

The 68-year-old has denied any wrongdoing and claims the recommendations “will end with nothing”.

In a televised address, he said he would “continue to lead Israel responsibly and faithfully”, describing the allegations as “baseless”.

His long-running political career had been solely “for the good of the nation”, he said.

In addition, he accused police of conducting a witch-hunt against him, and said he would run for re-election.

A decision on whether to press charges will be taken by Israel’s attorney general.

(c) Sky News 2018: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu should face bribery charges – police