Israel's Netanyahu bracing for corruption expenses

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Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at the country's chief of police ahead of an expected corruption probe into the Israeli prime minister.

"It is shocking to discover the police commissioner repeats the ludicrous and false insinuation that Prime Minister Netanyahu sent private investigators against police officers that are investigating him", a statement on the Prime Minister's Facebook page said.

"We've got months before exports need to happen, so I do not believe what's happening is "blocking" (exports), it's just them getting more information on security". So I want to reassure you: "There will be nothing, because I know the truth".

The investigation of Netanyahu over corruption allegations is nearing the end and the Times of Israel is reporting that police are expected to recommend that the Prime Minister be charged with bribery, fraud, and breach of public trust.

Zionist Union chairman Avi Gabbay said that Netanyahu was "acting like a criminal with his unprecedented attack on the commissioner and the police" after Alsheich gave an interview critical of the prime minister.

Channel 2 said police chose to make no recommendation and leave a decision on those charges up to the prosecutor's office. 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", he added.


One reportedly concerns claims Mr Netanyahu improperly received lavish gifts from Hollywood and business figures.

On Wednesday Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh met with other top brass Israeli police chiefs to discuss Netanyahu's cases as they near consensus to formally indict the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister has consistently denied the charges, arguing that there is nothing illegal about accepting gifts from his friends.

Israeli media Channel 2 TV claims a police document emerged indicating there's enough evidence to indict Netanyahu but that no decisions have been made. Anti-corruption protests in Tel Aviv have become more common, and thousands of demonstrators have called on Netanyahu to step down.

Netanyahu has been under investigation for allegedly taking bribes from campaign contributors in exchange for political favors since August. Check back for updates.

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