Opposition: Netanyahu 'acting like a criminal' in attack on police chief

Opposition: Netanyahu 'acting like a criminal' in attack on police chief

Opposition: Netanyahu 'acting like a criminal' in attack on police chief

According to reports in the Jerusalem Post and on Channel 2 News, Netanyahu said US President Donald Trump had called him and made clear his "general attitude" against cannabis exports.

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. "The investigators in the Netanyahu case are constantly pestered by people who annoy their families, their neighbors, and who appear to be collecting information about them".

"The witch-hunt to topple the government is in full swing but it will fail because of this simple reason: There will be nothing because there was nothing", Netanyahu's office said in an August statement. "The State of Israel is a nation of law".

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

Dismissing the chance that he would step down if police recommend an indictment, Netanyahu said, "half the recommendations from police end in nothing'". "So, don't be under pressure". He may also face charges involving bribery. Mr Netanyahu, 68, could be charged with receiving illegal gifts.

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The second concerns claims of secret talks with the publisher of a major Israeli newspaper in which Mr Netanyahu allegedly asked for positive coverage in exchange for a reining in a free pro-Netanyahu daily. In return he offered to have the circulation of a rival, pro-Netanyahu paper reduced, presumably through influencing its owner, the USA businessman and conservative financier Sheldon Adelson.

Political tensions are on the rise in Israel as the anti-corruption investigation into the Prime Minister is reportedly entering its final phase and may result in the forced resignation of the country's long-standing leader. If they do recommend an indictment, it will then, as Netanyahu indicated in his Facebook post, be up to the attorney general to decide whether to move forward.

The Prime Minister has consistently denied the charges, arguing that there is nothing illegal about accepting gifts from his friends.

Mr Netanyahu has previously dismissed the corruption claims as a witch hunt orchestrated by a hostile media. "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". Neither set of recommendations ripened into charges, with attorneys general citing insufficient evidence to indict.

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