Israeli police recommend indicting Netanyahu for corruption

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the plan to be frozen early this week despite support from the Health, Agriculture and Finance ministries, Hadashot news reported Wednesday evening.

Netanyahu is under investigation in three corruption cases, which have been dubbed case 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000 by police.

Israel has always been an worldwide leader in research and development for medical cannabis, and the country has made strides recently to establish an export-focused domestic production industry. Netanyahu has also charged the Israeli media with spreading "fake news" in regards to the investigations.

"A large shadow was cast tonight over the police investigations and their recommendations related to Prime Minister Netanyahu".

Any recommendation for an indictment would be sent to Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who will decide whether to indict the prime minister.

The second deals with alleged quid pro quo deal between Netanyahu and a newspaper publisher for favorable coverage in exchange for weakening a rival newspaper.

But Netanyahu, one of the few allies U.S. President Donald Trump and the leader of the most conservative government in Israel's history, denies all allegations. He repeated that in a video posted to Facebook on Wednesday. "But in the end, I am certain that the relevant and authoritative legal powers that be will, at the end of the day, reach the one true decision, that there is nothing here". Investigators believe they've gathered enough evidence to prove Netanyahu is guilty of receiving bribes. Only if he is convicted - and once any such conviction is upheld throughout the appeals process - would Netanyahu be forced to resign.

Netanyahu's time as premier is fast approaching Israel's revered founding father David Ben-Gurion's 13 years, and he has shown himself to be a shrewd politician.

Israel has not shied away from pursuing criminal cases against top politicians.

But pressure has mounted, and police have recommended that his wife, Sara, be indicted on a charge of misuse of funds. He was freed from prison in July after being granted parole from a 27-month sentence.

The corruption allegations have sparked a backlash across Israel, with people staging "Marches of Shame" in cities against reported corruption by Netanyahu.

"I wish for the prime minister that he end his term quickly and in a seemly manner", Olmert, also known for his taste for fine cigars, was quoted as saying at an event in Tel Aviv.

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