Netanyahu should quit over corruption allegations, says Israeli opposition

Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem

In a move that has jolted the country, Israeli police recommended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted for several counts of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. He also added that the police recommendations against him are baseless and "will end with nothing".

Netanyahu has denied wrongdoing in both police criminal investigations that have gone on for more than a year.

"Over the years, I have been the subject of at least 15 enquiries and investigations", he said, "Some have ended with thunderous police recommendations like those of tonight".

The other case, 2000, concerns the publisher of a leading Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, whereby Netanyahu, in secret talks, allegedly requested positive coverage in exchange for damaging a competitor, the pro-Netanyahu freesheet Israel Hayom.

Despite police recommendations, Netanyahu does not need to resign from his position.

Hadad told Israel Radio that the sums allegedly received by Netanyahu according to police were "inflated, incorrect, unfactual, and simply unacceptable".

In return for the goods, Netanyahu allegedly approached USA officials and asked them to extend Milchan's visa to the US.

Mr Milchan, the producer of films including Fight Club, Gone Girl and The Revenant, should face bribery charges, police said.

Whether to press charges or not, that decision lies with the attorney general which make takes up to months.

The original exemption for 10 years was written into law in 2008, under Netanyahu's predecessor Ehud Olmert.

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Netanyahu, in a live televised speech, denounced the recommendations, saying that he would continue to lead the country.

Parliament could also enact a special procedure against him before his case is exhausted if he is found to be guilty of moral turpitude. "No one, not I, not anyone else, has plans to go to an election", Netanyahu told a conference in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, the day after police made their recommendations public. Netanyahu was Prime Minister of Israel from 1996 to 1999 and resumed his post in 2009. Its last four prime ministers have all been probed, and police recommended indicting Ariel Sharon when he was still in office, although the attorney general dropped the case.

"Secondly, the document inflates the sums in question beyond recognition, citing enormous expenses that have nothing to do with me, all in an attempt to reach a predetermined sum", Netanyahu said.

Police say that in that in return for lavish gifts that included jewelry, expensive cigars and champagne, Netanyahu had operated on Milchan's behalf on US visa matters, tried to legislate a generous tax break for him and sought to promote his interests in the Israeli media market.

The prime minister denies all the allegations against him.

Mr Lapid said that, as a law-abiding citizen, he gave a short testimony upon request of the police and he called on Mr Netanyahu to resign.

Despite speculation that the Prime Minister would call early elections, seeking public mandate against him - which could influence the AG's decision to prosecute - Netanyahu said he was "certain" the next election will be held on schedule.

In an effort to deflect blame, Netanyahu has lashed out, attacking the police, the media, the opposition and the left in rallies and on social media.

Netanyahu did get one bit of good news when top coalition partner Kulanu, headed by Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, announced it would not abandon the prime minister.

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