Po­lice recommend cor­rup­tion charges for Ne­tanyahu

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - OPINION -

JERUSALEM » Is­raeli po­lice on Tues­day rec­om­mended that Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu be in­dicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in a pair of cor­rup­tion cases, deal­ing an em­bar­rass­ing blow to the em­bat­tled prime min­is­ter that is likely to fuel calls for him to step down.

Ne­tanyahu an­grily re­jected the ac­cu­sa­tions, which in­cluded ac­cept­ing nearly $300,000 in gifts from a pair of bil­lion­aires. He ac­cused po­lice of be­ing on a witch hunt and vowed to re­main in of­fice.

“I will con­tinue to lead the state of Is­rael re­spon­si­bly and loy­ally as long as you, the cit­i­zens of Is­rael, choose me to lead you,” an ashen-faced Ne­tanyahu said in a tele­vised ad­dress. “I am sure that the truth will come to light. And I am sure that also in the next elec­tion that will take place on time I will win your trust again, with God’s help.”

The rec­om­men­da­tions marked a dra­matic end­ing to a month­s­long in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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