Israeli PM Netanyahu hits out at police chief amid corruption probe
- Author: Adam Floyd Feb 09, 2018,
Feb 09, 2018, 2:06
The debate comes amid heightened tensions between the police and Netayahu ahead of expected police recommendations to indict the prime minister on bribery charges and following a television interview in which the commissioner Roni Alsheich made claims about "powerful figures" trying to influence the investigation into Netanyahu's affairs. The Saturday poll by Hadashot TV news also showed that up to 60 percent of Israelis want the Prime Minister to step down if police recommend indicting Netanyahu.
Mickey Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, said two investigations in which Netanyahu has been named a suspect are "reaching a final conclusion".
Netanyahu's current tenure as Israel's prime minister began in 2009; he previously held the office from 1996 to 1999.
Netanyahu posted a video on Facebook acknowledging the news but said he did not believe the AG would press charges.
"It is shocking to discover that the commissioner has repeated the mistaken and ridiculous suggestion that Prime Minister Netanyahu sent private investigators after the police who are investigating him", the post said.More news: NAFTA Trade Partners Are Beginning To Talk Terms
The first case, 1,000, revolves around gifts from wealthy supporters including Australian billionaire James Packer.
The second alleges Netanyahu was looking for more favorable coverage from Yedioth Ahronoth, one of Israel's biggest papers. Police are divided on whether there is enough evidence to proceed with an indictment.
A separate investigation is also underway in which Netanyahu allies have been questioned by police over the purchase of German submarines.
"I have no idea why the police chief is involved in the investigations". "There are people being murdered in the streets and it's more important to him that the prime minister received cigars?"
While Zionist Union chair Gabbay has previously said that Netanyahu need not resign over police recommendations for indictment, in his statement Thursday he said that the government could no longer be trusted to make principled decisions uninfluenced by the investigations. "I call on coalition members to stop the proposal to annex the West Bank that will be voted on next week in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, the same week in which police recommendations will be published". The law says that the one to determine whether there is evidence against the prime minister is the attorney general and he consults with the state attorney.