Benjamin Netanyahu has described a police report on allegations of bribery and fraud against him as “full of holes, like Swiss cheese”, as he fights for his political life.
Following a 14-month investigation into two cases of alleged corruption, police recommended on Tuesday evening that the Israeli prime minister be indicted on charges of bribery and breach of trust.
Israel’s attorney general will examine the evidence and then – possibly in several months’ time – decide whether to issue an indictment.
Speaking in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, Netanyahu said the police report was misleading and “contrary to the truth and logic”.
“I want to reassure you, the coalition is stable,” he said of his government in response to rumours that political allies might abandon him. He promised to serve his full term until the end of 2019 and dismissed talk of an early election.
Israeli politicians have scrambled to try to exploit the police announcement, which many believe could deal a fatal blow to his latest four-term tenure whether in court, at the polls or because of political backlash.
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