Israeli police announced Wednesday that they will recommend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on corruption charges, following a months-long investigation into pay-to-play activities between Netanyahu and prominent Israeli businessmen.
For months, Netanyahu has been under investigation for allegedly receiving lavish gifts from leading Israeli business tycoons in exchange for political favors. The investigation is known in Israel as “Case 1,000,” but until Wednesday, it was unclear how likely charges would be brought.
“Police chiefs are in unanimous agreement that there is sufficient evidence to indict Netanyahu for bribe-taking in Case 1,000, or the so-called ‘gifts affair,’” the Israeli Ynet news site reported on Wednesday.
Netanyahu has faced repeated calls to step down in light of the investigation but has refused to do so. Despite the indictment recommendation, the prime minister maintains he has done nothing wrong and will continue in his post:
“The State of Israel is a state of law,” he added. “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. The state prosecutor recently said in the Knesset that about half of the police’s recommendations end with nothing. So do not be nervous.... I am sure that at the end of the day the competent legal bodies will come to one conclusion, to the simple truth: There is nothing.”