Israeli Prime Minister under threat from third corruption case

Заказывал словечко и неплохо себя чувствовал израильская полиция выдвинула подозрения Нетаньяху

Authorities claim Mr Netanyahu awarded regulatory favours to the country's leading telecommunications company, Bezeq Telecom Israel, in return for more favourable coverage of him and his wife on its news website, Walla.

"I'm sure that in this case the relevant authorities, after examining the issue, will reach the same conclusion: that there was nothing because there is nothing", he said.

There are two other cases of corruption against him.

The prime minister has argued that he is the victim of a left-wing and media conspiracy to topple his conservative government.

Netanyahu denied the latest allegations. It alleged that Netanyahu sought to interfere with content of Bezeq's Walla website "in a way that would benefit him".

The police also recommended that charges of fraud and breach of trust be brought against Netanyahu and his wife.

They are also recommending charges be brought against Mr Elovitch and members of his family.

Netanyahu has said he wants his coalition to keep going until the end of its term, but politicians close to him say that given the coalition's shaky razor-thin majority, an early election is likely.

Заказывал словечко и неплохо себя чувствовал израильская полиция выдвинула подозрения Нетаньяху
Police recommend Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted for bribery

"Police recommendations have no legal status", he said in a statement.

Elovitch's wife, Iris, and Netanyahu's wife, Sara, were also implicated in the case, known as Case 4000.

The police recommendations do not have any immediate impact on Netanyahu.

Elections are now scheduled for November 2019.

"The question is what will happen first: Will the attorney-general decide to prosecute or will the Government collapse?" said Reuven Hazan, a professor of political science at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Opposition lawmakers called on Netanyahu to resign. Netanyahu holds a solid lead in all opinion polls, and a victory would make it more hard for Mandelblit to indict and potentially force out a newly re-elected leader. Information leaked to the Israeli media suggested the agreement would have allowed the Prime Minister to receive more favourable coverage from the newspaper if he agreed to weaken the status of rival daily newspaper Israel Hayom, owned by United States casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

Two of his top confidants have turned state witnesses and are believed to have provided police with incriminating evidence. Netanyahu held the government's communications portfolio until previous year and oversaw regulation in the field.

They recommended Sara Netanyahu face charges of bribery, fraud, breach of trust and obstruction of evidence.

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