BREAKING: Israeli Police Recommend Indictments of Netanyahu for Bribery and Corruption

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses reporters. [ Public Domain]
Israeli media are reporting that police have recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a pair of ongoing corruption cases.

The recommendations Tuesday night do not immediately threaten Netanyahu, but they are deeply embarrassing and could set forth calls for him to step aside, the report says.

For months, police have been investigating two cases. In one probe, Netanyahu reportedly received over $100,000 in gifts from Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and other wealthy supporters.

Arnon Milchan & Netanyahu

The other is over alleged secret talks with the publisher of a major Israeli newspaper in which Netanyahu requested positive coverage in exchange for reining in a free pro-Netanyahu daily.

Channels 10 TV and the Jerusalem Post reported police recommended indictments in both cases. The attorney general will now review their conclusions and decide whether to file charges.

Benjamin Netanyahu greets one of Arnon Milchan’s children in one of many photographs he has given to police to prove that champagne and cigars he received from the Hollywood mogul were gifts provided within the framework of a long friendship between the two families.(Chadashot news screenshot)

Netanyahu has denied wrongdoing and has always maintained that the gifts given to him by Milchan were within the framework of a longtime friendship and not for any political favors.