Israeli police recommend bribery charges against PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu feels the end is near

Why Netanyahu Finds Himself in Legal Jeopardy: QuickTake

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walked back his own statement Monday about recent discussions with the White House about annexation of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. "I feel a deep obligation to continue to lead Israel in a way that will ensure our future", he said, claiming some 15 investigations had been opened against him in order to topple him from power.

"Taking gifts in large sums over a long period of time is not living up to [the] standard of his office", Bennett said.

"Reports that the United States discussed with Israel an annexation plan for the West Bank are false", he said.

Police stopped short of recommending that charges be brought against Netanyahu.

Following the re-election of Netanyahu as prime minister in 2009, "the scope and frequency of the transfer of goods increased significantly", the statement said.

During his first state visit to Australia in February 2017, Mr Netanyahu insisted nothing would come of the police investigation into his ties with Mr Packer as there was "nothing there, except friendship".

"The authorities will not accept half of the police's recommendations, and they will lead to nothing", said Netanyahu, who also said "nothing will sway" him to resign. Case 1000 initially focused on Israeli billionaire Arnon Milchan, a Hollywood movie mogul who is also facing bribery charges, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Even if the dry law does not oblige the prime minister to resign, in a properly-run country, a person against whom such heavy accusations are leveled, most of which are not denied, can not continue to serve as prime minister who is responsible for the security and well-being of Israeli citizens".

Netanyahu was referring to applying Israeli law to the settlements, which are now under the jurisdiction of Israel's military.

The ongoing graft investigations have done little to dent Mr Netanyahu's public support and may have even increased his popularity among his right-wing and religious base.

"It could take months before the attorney general moves ahead on an indictment or anything else, so I think it's certainly not the time for him to step down, although there will be increasing pressure and calls from political rivals and others for him to do so", he said.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, whose centre-right Kulanu party controls 10 seats, will also be among those facing tough questions over whether he will stick with Netanyahu. "The prime minister did not submit any specific proposals to the USA side regarding the annexation, and the U.S. administration in any case did not express consent to proposals of this kind", the source told reporters.

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