Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Almost half of Israelis believe police over Netanyahu regarding PM's corruption

Almost half of Israelis believe police over Netanyahu regarding PM's corruption

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Polls published on Israel's three main television channels showed that more people believed the police's version of events than Netanyahu's.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who heads the far-right Jewish Home party, said: "I have chose to wait until the decision of the attorney general ... Not in a single day, not in a year, not at all".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot attend a security counsel meeting at IDF Headquarters following the crash of an F-16 plane on February 10, 2018.

He added that he would continue as Prime Minister, and kept repeating what has become his catchphrase, "There will be nothing because there is nothing".

"I was a member of Likud in 1999 when Netanyahu was an unpopular prime minister, but today he is very popular", he said.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, whose Kulanu party is crucial to Netanyahu's government, urged on Facebook that the attacks on police cease, saying the legal system should be allowed to operate "without pressure, from neither right nor left".

Only the leader of the national-religious settler party, education minister Naftali Bennett, has openly criticised Mr Netanyahu, but is not calling for him to step down for now. They believe it could take months or years before Attorney-General Mandelblit reaches a decision about indicting the Prime Minister, and bet that he will dismiss the cops' recommendations.

He said on Wednesday that police had committed "an illegitimate act here to attempt a coup d'etat in Israel".

He said all the allegations over the years against him had one goal: "to topple me from government".

Milchan, who is Israeli, has produced many films, including the blockbuster "Pretty Woman".

Regev said in an interview with Israel Radio: "You're allowed to receive presents from friends".

She said there was no need for Netanyahu to step down.

An ashen-faced Netanyahu said in a televised address: "I will continue to lead the state of Israel responsibly and loyally as long as you, the citizens of Israel, choose me to lead you".

In the first case, dubbed Case 1000, Mr Netanyahu allegedly received cigars, champagne, jewellery and luxury travel from two billionaires, the Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and the Australian businessman James Packer, during his tenure.

A public debate has always been under way in Israel on whether Mandelblit, who has avoided interviews, might be reluctant to prosecute a sitting prime minister for the first time in Israeli history, especially one who promoted him through government ranks.

Following the announcement late on Tuesday, Netanyahu angrily rejected the accusations, which included accepting almost $300,000 in gifts from two billionaires.

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