Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu faces corruption charges

Then Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a 2013 press conference

Then Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a 2013 press conference

The Yesh Atid leader has drawn heat over the affair. David Amsalem, another Netanyahu confidant, called Lapid a "snitch". "To be viable, the plan envisaged the establishment of a free trade corridor to Haifa to facilitate exports and offset higher logistics costs in Israel", said Tata Sons. The remainder, 26 percent, said they did not know whom to believe.

"Upon conclusion of the investigation Case 2000, [Israel] Police have concluded that there is sufficient evidence against the PM in this case for the offense of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust".

"The investigations were carried out by the book, exactly as is expected by law enforcement authorities to deal with cases like these: professionally, thoroughly, creatively and with sophistication, with the aim to get to the truth", he said. A decision could take months to reach. "I call on all sides to act responsibly, with restraint, and with statesmanship".

The Israeli Police's recommendation to prosecute Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in two cases of bribery and fraud includes the name of Indian industrialist Ratan Tata, Ynetnews reported on Wednesday.

Netanyahu again came out swinging on Wednesday, harshly criticising the police investigation while making clear he has no intention of resigning.

Israeli opposition leaders have called on Netanyahu to step down but the long-time premier angrily rejected those calls as well. The police accused Netanyahu of accepting almost Dollars 300,000 in gifts over 10 years.

Benjamin Netanyahu's lawyer, Amit Hadad, says police recommendations of corruption charges against the prime minister are based on "false" statements.

Hadad told Israel Radio that the sums allegedly received by Netanyahu according to police were "inflated, incorrect, unfactual, and simply unacceptable". "Not in a single day, not in a year, not at all".

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Netanyahu, who has been prime minister for nine straight years, and his family have become embroiled in a series of scandals in recent months.

GIFTS AFFAIRDuring that same stint as prime minister, Netanyahu and his wife Sara were suspected of taking gifts he received from world leaders - items considered state property.

Opposition politicians, meanwhile, urged Netanyahu's coalition allies to abandon his government.

But key members of Netanyahu's Likud Party rallied behind him. "Because very important things were published in the press about what he did in the past on behalf of Israel", Netanyahu said in a televised address to the Israeli nation.

Click argued in her column that with exception of advocating for Milchen's visa renewal, Netanyahu never really acted on Milchen's interests, and the visa renewal advocacy was justifiable.

Lapid later issued a statement calling on Netanyahu to resign.

Following the announcement late on Tuesday, Netanyahu angrily rejected the accusations, which included accepting almost $300,000 in gifts from two billionaires. He accused police of being on a witch hunt and vowed to remain in office and even seek re-election.

"The coalition is stable, and no one, me or anyone else, has plans to go to elections", he declared in Tel Aviv.

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