Police May Delay Recommending Charges Against Netanyahu

Deliberations are still under way within the police and between the police and the State Prosecutor's Office

Josh Breiner
Josh Breiner
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Knesset, November 20, 2017
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Knesset, November 20, 2017Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Josh Breiner
Josh Breiner

Publication of the police’s recommendations in two corruption cases involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are expected to be delayed for a few days, beyond the original date of early this week.

The reason for the delay is that deliberations are still taking place both within the police and between the police and the State Prosecutor’s Office.

Law enforcement officials say they expect the police to announce there is enough evidence to charge Netanyahu with taking bribes in what the police call Case 1000 – which involves the prime minister’s alleged receipt of lavish gifts from businessmen.

They also expect police to recommend indicting Netanyahu in Case 2000, though the police haven’t decided whether to recommend charging him with bribery or breach of trust.

That case involves discussions between Netanyahu and Arnon Mozes, publisher of the daily Yedioth Ahronoth, in which Yedioth would grant Netanyahu favorable coverage in exchange for legislation to curb Yedioth’s main rival, Israel Hayom.

On Friday afternoon, Netanyahu published a Facebook post in which he said Maj. Gen. Roni Ritman, commander of the police’s anti-corruption unit (Lahav 433), should have suspended himself from the investigations because he believed Netanyahu was behind a sexual harassment complaint filed against Ritman by a female subordinate.

“When police investigators believe in such delusional and false allegations that the prime minister personally worked against them and sent [private] investigators to target them, how can they investigate him and submit recommendations against him in an objective manner?” the post asked.

Last Wednesday, the investigative television program “Uvda” (“Fact”) aired an interview with Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich, in which he said that unspecified powerful people had been trying to gather information about policemen involved in the Netanyahu investigations – including by sending private investigators to question their neighbors. Ever since, Netanyahu and his associates have repeatedly attacked senior police officers, especially Alsheich.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

Subscribe today and save 40%

SUBSCRIBE
Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

Palestinians search through the rubble of a building in which Khaled Mansour, a top Islamic Jihad militant was killed following an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, southern Gaza strip, on Sunday.

Gazans Are Tired of Pointless Wars and Destruction, and Hamas Listens to Them

Trump and Netanyahu at the White House in Washington, in 2020.

Three Years Later, Israelis Find Out What Trump Really Thought of Netanyahu

German soldier.

The Rival Jewish Spies Who Almost Changed the Course of WWII

Rio. Not all Jewish men wear black hats.

What Does a Jew Look Like? The Brits Don't Seem to Know

Galon. “I’m coming to accomplish a specific mission: to increase Meretz’s strength and ensure that the party will not tread water around the electoral threshold. If Meretz will be large enough, it will be the basis for a Jewish-Arab partnership.” Daniel Tchetchik

'I Have No Illusions About Ending the Occupation, but the Government Needs the Left'

Soldiers using warfare devices made by the Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems.

Russia-Ukraine War Catapults Israeli Arms Industry to Global Stage