Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Israeli Police Will Recommend Indicting Netanyahu

Netanyahu pays rare visit to Golan Heights warns Israel’s enemies against ‘testing’ its resolve Benjamin Netanyahu
Melinda Barton | 08 February, 2018, 08:43

Netanyahu said State Attorney Shai Nitzan, the head of the state prosecution, has stated that at least half the cases in which the police recommend charges are closed without indictments. He dismissed the allegations against him and assured supporters that the investigations would not come to anything. "There will be recommendations [to indict], and also signs reading 'Bibi is guilty until proven otherwise, '" referring to signs seen at anti-corruption protests. But I am certain that at the end of the day, the qualified legal authorities will reach a single conclusion, the simple truth: "there is nothing", Netanyahu said. The case has focused primarily on Netanyahu's relationship with billionaire Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan, though the investigation has expanded to include other wealthy businessmen with ties to Netanyahu.

He discussed Netanyahu's marked change from an MIT student offered a consulting job to the "magician" and "fearless politician" that he became after his younger brother was killed in action as a commanding officer of an elite unit in Operation Entebbe, which led to the rescue of hostages held at the airport in Uganda in 1976.

Police will not present a recommendation on another case alleging Netanyahu negotiated with Yediot Aharonot publisher Arnon "Noni" Mozes for favorable coverage, Channel 2 said.

The third case centres on fraudulent purchases of German submarines in a $1.5bn deal. Avital overlook in the Golan Heights on Tuesday for a special security briefing by IDF Chief of Staff Lt. -Gen. The law says that the one to determine whether there is evidence against the prime minister is the attorney general and he consults with the state attorney. Mandelblit has insisted they will progress at their own pace, free from outside influence.

Netanyahu has developed a strong relationship with President Trump and applauded the White House plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2019.

In Netanyahu's first term as Prime Minister in the late '90s, police issued a recommendation to indict in two different graft probes.

Netanyahu has predicted the same outcome this time. Only if he is convicted - and once any such conviction is upheld throughout the appeals process - would Netanyahu be forced to resign.