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

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to carry on overnight after police recommended indicting him on corruption charges, angrily dismissing the allegations and the critics calling on him to step down.

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

Haaretz predicted that the police recommendations heralded Netanyahu's demise: "He knows that while this might not be the end, it's the beginning of the end". Police said they believed there was sufficient evidence to charge Mozes with offering a bribe. "I can say this is a slanted document, extreme, full of holes, like Swiss cheese, and holds no water".

In the first case, dubbed Case 1000, Mr Netanyahu allegedly received cigars, champagne, jewellery and luxury travel from two billionaires, the Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and the Australian businessman James Packer, during his tenure.

Netanyahu, the two time premier, faces prosecution in two corruption cases: a gifts-for-favors 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, to ensure more favourable coverage, Jerusalem Post reported. These police recommendations come in wake of an ongoing campaign by Netanyahu to discharge the credibility of his investigators.

Polls published on Israel's three main television channels showed that more people believed the police's version of events than Netanyahu's.

As damning as the recommendation sounds, it probably does not spell the downfall of one of the country's longest-serving prime ministers - at least not yet. In the Hadashot News poll, 48 percent of those polled said that Netanyahu should resign in the wake of the allegations, while 36 percent said he did not have to resign.

It is now up to Israel's attorney-general to decide whether to file charges. Though he is not legally compelled to resign, several opposition figures called on Mr Netanyahu to do so to avoid corrupting the office further.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who heads the far-right Jewish Home party, said: "I have chose to wait until the decision of the attorney general ..."

Education Minister Naftali Bennett said "taking gifts" as Netanyahu is alleged to have done was not up to the "standard" of a prime minister.

Netanyahu's coalition controls 66 out of 120 seats in total.

In a detailed statement, police named Arnon Milchan, a Hollywood producer and Israeli citizen, and Australian businessman James Packer, saying that for almost a decade, from 2007 to 2016, they gave gifts that included champagne, cigars and jewelry to Netanyahu and his family.

In contrast to Mr Olmert, who eventually stepped down and was convicted and imprisoned, Mr Netanyahu is still relatively popular with the public and enjoys broad political support in his Likud party and among coalition partners - almost all of whom stand to lose power if elections were held today.

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