Israeli police have recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery in two criminal investigations but the Israeli leader, calling the allegations baseless, vowed to remain in office.
It will ultimately be up to Israel’s attorney general to decide whether to charge Netanyahu, a process that could take weeks or months.
The recommendations, which police distributed to the Israeli media, were at the more serious end of the range of charges that had been expected to be leveled against Netanyahu, now in his fourth term. The investigations have gone on for more than a year.
One of the cases involves the alleged illegal receipt of gifts from wealthy businessmen.
Netanyahu’s lawyers have said the gifts were simply tokens of friendship with no quid pro quo.
The second case revolves around conversations Netanyahu is alleged to have held with a newspaper publisher about limiting competition of a rival daily in exchange for more positive coverage.