Israel police recommends corruption charges against PM Netanyahu

Netanyahu remains defiant in face of corruption allegations

Therefore, I have chose to wait until the decision of the Attorney General, Avihai Mandelbleit. "The police investigation is full of holes", added the premier, who has denied all charges against him.

"I can reassure you that the coalition is stable", Netanyahu said at an event in Tel Aviv, again making clear he had no intention of resigning. No one, not I, not anyone else, has plans to go to an election.

The advocacy group Amnesty International and the family of a Palestinian teenager arrested for hitting an Israeli soldier "work closely together,".

After a long 14-month investigation the Israeli police announced that it found enough evidence to recommend the state's prosecution to indict Netanyahu for bribery and breach of trust in Case 1000, the "gifts affair" and Case 2000, the "Yediot Aharanot Affair".

The final decision on whether to indict Netanyahu will be taken by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit after extensive studying of the evidence.

Following over a year of investigating criminal charges against the Prime Minister, the police published its recommendations and detailed allegations in a report.

Nearly immediately, Netanyahu held a defiant press conference in Jerusalem, emphatically denying any wrong-doing. With political signals that the government remained solid, Israeli markets rose on Wednesday. It said Netanyahu had accepted gifts valued at 750,000 shekels (US$214,000) from Milchan, and 250,000 shekels (US$71,000) from Packer.

Like the other members of the coalition, Bennett said he would wait to hear the attorney general's conclusion and not call on Netanyahu to step down.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, who heads the centrist Kulanu party, said he would do the same.

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He said Netanyahu should "vacate his post" for the good of the country.

In keeping with the famous Chinese curse, then, we'll be living in very interesting times. "Maybe individuals will defect", Diskin said.

Against the backdrop of Israeli flags in a televised speech at his residence, a somber Netanyahu called the allegations baseless and vowed to complete his fourth term in office.

In all, the merchandise was worth more than one million Israeli shekels ($280,000), the statement said.

Any legal proceedings would probably focus on whether political favours were sought or granted.

However, opposition figures were keen to herald the allegations as the beginning of the end for Netanyahu's tenure, with Labour party leader Avi Gabbay proclaiming "the Netanyahu era is over". He says the Israeli judiciary maintains the presumption of innocent until proven guilty, but he trusts the police.

Among the offenses police say Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should be prosecuted for are the favors he allegedly did for his friend, millionaire Arnon Milchin.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, in charge of the police, said the prime minister "deserves the assumption of innocence, " while Netanyahu's coalition whip, David Amsalem, accused the police of committing "an illegitimate act here to attempt a coup d'etat in Israel".

Police said the editor of Yediot Aharonot, Arnon Mozes, should also face charges.

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