Israeli police have recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery and fraud after months of investigation into two corruption cases.
The recommendations on Tuesday will now go to the attorney general, who will decide whether to prosecute him or not.
Netanyahu appeared defiant in a live television address later on Tuesday, saying he intends to stay in power and that the police recommendations would “end with nothing”.
“All I did was for the benefit of the state of Israel,” Netanyahu said, as reported by The Jerusalem Post.
“This is what I did up until now and what I will continue to do.”
The prime minister has been investigated in relation to two corruption cases.
In the first investigation, known Case 1000, Netanyahu is suspected of accepting gifts from wealthy businessmen in exchange for political favours, Israeli media reported.
The second investigation, Case 2000, involves allegations that Netanyahu tried to come to a deal for positive coverage in Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, in exchange for weakening its rival, Israel Hayom.
Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett, reporting from Jerusalem, said Netanyahu’s response was in line with his position “throughout this case, still insisting that he is innocent, that nothing will come from this”.
“It’s now being passed over to the attorney general to decide whether to indict him or not,” Fawcett reported.
More to come…