Report: Israeli Police Have ‘Collected Sufficient Evidence’ To Recommend Charges Against PM Benjamin Netanyahu

According to multiple news outlets, after a lengthy investigation, Israeli police have "collected sufficient evidence" to recommend charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding two separate, parallel cases.

Arutz Sheva reports that in "Case 1000," Netanyahu is alleged to have received gifts from multiple wealthy individuals, including champagne, jewelry, and cigars from billionaire film producer Arnon Milchan. It’s alleged that these gifts were given in exchange for favors.

"Police revealed Tuesday that the total value of the gifts given to the Netanyahus was approximately one million shekels ($283,000)," writes David Rosenberg of Arutz Sheva.

In "Case 2000" it is alleged that Netanyahu attempted to collude with Arnon Mozes, owner of daily publication Yedioth Ahronoth, in order to have the publication report more favorably on him. "In exchange," according to Haaretz, "Netanyahu would supposedly help restore Yedioths status to the top of Israel's media industry by spearheading legislation that would hamstring Israel Hayom, the free newspaper owned by American casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson."

The alleged legislation would have reportedly banned free newspaper distribution.

The New York Times reports that the allegations will now go through the process of being evaluated by Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit to judge the merit of moving forward:

The final decision about whether to file formal charges lies with Mr. Mandelblit and is subject to a hearing beforehand with Mr. Netanyahu’s lawyers. Reaching that threshold alone could easily take months.

On February 7, in anticipation of a possible recommendation, Netanyahu released a video on Facebook stating that nothing would come of the allegations:

So do not be in suspense: There will be recommendations, there will also be signs such as “Bibi is guilty until proven innocent,” there will also be inappropriate pressure, but 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.

Following the breaking news on Tuesday, Netanyahu offered a similar statement in a broadcast address, saying in part: "Fifteen investigations have been launched against me. I know the truth. This time as well, it will end in nothing.”

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