In Summary
  • Police have been investigating Netanyahu over suspicions that he received expensive gifts from Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer.
  • A prime minister who is facing such police recommendations or who has been formally charged with offences is not obliged to resign.

JERUSALEM

Israeli police say that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be indicted in two cases of alleged corruption after a long-running probe in a move set to shake the country's politics.

A decision to press formal charges against the veteran premier now rests with the attorney general's office, which is expected to take weeks or months to decide how to proceed.

Netanyahu, prime minister for nearly 12 years, addressed the nation as news of the recommendations broke, proclaiming his innocence and pledging to continue to lead the country.

OFFENCES

"Over the years, I have been the subject of at least 15 enquiries and investigations," Netanyahu said in the televised address.

"Some have ended with thunderous police recommendations like those of tonight. All of those attempts resulted in nothing, and this time again they will come to nothing."

A prime minister who is facing such police recommendations or who has been formally charged with offences is not obliged to resign.

Police said in a statement they were recommending his indictment on bribery, fraud and breach of public trust.

Police have been investigating Netanyahu over suspicions that he received expensive gifts, including pricey cigars, from Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer.

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