In new Facebook post, Netanyahu denies he's attacking the police

Marsha Scott
February 9, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proclaimed his innocence Wednesday night in a video posted on social media, while at the same time acknowledging local media reports that police are set to recommend his indictment in an ongoing graft probe.

At the conclusion of their investigation, police will recommend whether to indict or close the cases against the Prime Minister. Police are divided on whether there is enough evidence to proceed with an indictment.

Alsheich mentioned the private investigators and plaintiff during his interview, his first since taking office more than 2 years ago, but did not identify Netanyahu by name.

Netanyahu posted a response on Facebook late Wednesday in which he lashed out at the police commissioner, calling suggestions that he sent private investigators on such a mission "ridiculous".

MK Tamar Zandberg, who is running for the leadership of her dovish Meretz party, echoed Gabbay's statement, saying that the public "cannot rely on a prime minister to manage state affairs for the national good while he is neck-deep in investigations and desperate attempts to get out of them".

Meanwhile, the Lobby for the Land of Israel, one of the most powerful lobbies in the Knesset, is reportedly urging Netanyahu to keep the bill on the agenda. Israel is a state of laws, and the law says that if there is evidence against the prime minister, it is up to the State Attorney to decide with the State Prosecutor what to do.

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The investigations in question - dubbed case 1000 and case 2000 - center on whether Netanyahu accepted lavish gifts in exchange for political favors, or cut a deal with a newspaper publisher to receive favorable coverage.

Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing.

"At the end of the day, the legal entities will also reach this simple truth: there is nothing", he said.

Parliament, however, could also enact a special procedure against him before his case is exhausted if he is found to be guilty of moral turpitude.

Israel has not shied away from pursuing criminal cases against top politicians.

Netanyahu told the heads of the ministries he ordered the freeze after receiving a call about the issue of exporting marijuana from Trump, who is against its legalization.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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