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State's Attorney upset with police for haste corruption recommendations against Netanyahu

16 February 2018

Daniel Tauber, an attorney and Likud Central Committee member, said, "No one in the Likud will challenge Netanyahu based on the report or recommendations of the police".

Almost half of Israeli voters believe the police corruption allegations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who denies any wrongdoing, according to a recent survey.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the Muni World 2018 conference in Tel Aviv, Israel February 14, 2018. According to both polls, neither Lapid nor Gabay would be able to form a coalition, unless they both included each other's respective parties - considered a long shot by most political analysts - as well as both UTJ and Shas, considered a non-starter, especially in the case of Lapid. They believe it could take months or years before Attorney-General Mandelblit reaches a decision about indicting the Prime Minister, and bet that he will dismiss the cops' recommendations. "I can say this is a slanted document, extreme, full of holes, like Swiss cheese, and holds no water".

The statement was Mandelblit's first since police recommended filing criminal charges against Netanyahu on Tuesday.

The reports by Israeli media stated that Tata was said to be a part of a project that Netanyahu tried to push forward to help Milchan, who is an Israel-born Hollywood producer. The two time premier, faces prosecution in two corruption cases: a gifts-for-favours affair known as Case 1000, and a second scandal, called Case 2000, in which he is suspected of back-room dealings with Arnon Mozes, publisher of the popular newspaper Yediot Aharonot.

However, former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who has recently mounted a campaign to unseat Netanyahu, called on the prime minister to suspend himself and for the coalition to appoint a replacement."The scope of the corruption is horrifying", Barak said.

He says "there are things that are forbidden to do in a democratic government and this is one of them".

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"A prime minister doesn't have to be flawless, but he should serve as a role model, and unfortunately, this is not commensurate with accepting gifts on such a large scale", Bennett said after the police concluded that Netanyahu had accepted a million shekels (almost $300,000) worth of potentially illicit gifts.

Netanyahu's lawyers said the presents were simply tokens of friendship. The police accused Netanyahu of accepting almost United States dollars 300,000 in gifts over 10 years. "If a prime minister is forced to step down, this means there is a change of government", he said.

Yet inside his own Likud party, Mr Netanyahu's position is unassailable.

Following the announcement late on Tuesday, Netanyahu angrily rejected the accusations, which included accepting almost $300,000 in gifts from two billionaires.

He added that the "prime minister never acted in Milchan's benefit on any issue, except for one, that of the visa".

He accused police of being on a witch hunt and vowed to remain in office and even seek re-election.

"I want to reassure you, the coalition is stable".

State's Attorney upset with police for haste corruption recommendations against Netanyahu