Israeli police on Sunday said they have uncovered sufficient evidence to indict Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu and his wife with bribery and fraud. It was recommended that Netanyahu is charged immediately with a corruption case involving Israel’s telecom giant, Bezeq. The populacehas called for his immediate resignation to allow for prosecution.
In their statement, police claimed their investigation has revealed enough evidence to charge Netanyahu and his wife, Sara with bribery, fraud, and breach of public trust. It was revealed that some confidants of Netanyahu advanced regulations amounting to millions of ofdollars to Israeli telecom giant, Bezeq in return for positive coverage for the prime minister by thetelecom’s subsidiary news website, Walla.
Prior to this case, police have previously recommended charging Netanyahu on corruption charges in two separate cases. The first, involved unlawfully accepting bribes from billionaire friends, while the other dwelled around the alleged offering of favorable legislation to a newspaperexchange for positive coverage.
The prime minister has, however, denied any involvement in wrongdoing. He dismissed the allegationsas a witch hunt created by the media.
“The policy recommendations regarding me and my wife don’t surprise anyone,” said Netanyahu in a recent statement. “These recommendations were decided upon and leaked evenbefore the investigation began.”
Also known as Case 4000, the Bezeq case is the worst of all the cases that have been brought against the prime minister. Unconfirmed sources revealed that two of Netanyahu’s top confidants are now state witnesses and are providing police with incriminating evidence againsthim.
Until last year, Netanyahu was in charge of Israeli’s communications portfolio and was overseeingregulations in the industry. Some journalists, previously with the Walla news site,
claimed they have been threatened in the past to refrain from reporting negative news about Netanyahu.
Police’s investigation involved the testimony of about 60 witnesses, providing evidence that Netanyahu and Bezeq’s boss, Shaul Elovitch has been engaging in a “bribe-based relationship.”
Several other political opponents, including opposition leaderTzipi Livni, have joined in the call for Netanyahu’s resignation.
In the same case, police have also recommended that Netanyahu’s wife, Sara be charged for being the one relaying requests to Bezeq officials. Sara has been charged previously with fraud and breach of trust as well. She was accused of overspending up to $100,000 on private meals despitehaving a full-time chef on staff.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s allies in the ruling Likud party are already kicking back at the police commissioner, Roni Alsheikh for releasing such malicious recommendations on his last day in office.
A negative recommendation against top government officials won’t speak well for the party at the moment as the coalition is only enjoying the slimmest of parliamentary majorities currently.Incidentally, elections are currently planned for November 2019.