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Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu faces major test, but downfall unlikely for now

Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu faces major test, but downfall unlikely for now

The clarification from the Tata Sons came after media reports claimed that its chairman Ratan Tata's name figures in the Israeli Police's recommendations seeking to indict Netanyahu on bribery and breach of trust charges in two corruption cases.

Earlier this week, Netanyahu told Likud lawmakers in a closed-door meeting that the issue of applying Israeli sovereignty to the West Bank had been discussed with United States officials.

Netanyahu said on Thursday about his trip: "I am going to Germany to the Munich Conference, the most important security conference in the world, where I was invited to present Israel's position to the heads of state and defense ministers gathered there". "Neither the public, nor the media or the politicians will be the ones that will determine [whether or not Netanyahu will stand trial], but as is the case with elected officials, only the attorney general's decision will determine if there is enough evidence to serve an indictment".

"We were guided exclusively by professional considerations", he said. Netanyahu is also said to have supported Milchen in possible business deals with Israeli television stations as well as urged then-Secretary of State John Kerry to renew Milchen's USA visa.

Netanyahu said he was unaware of the cost and halted the practice.

The Israeli Police made this recommendation after a year-long investigation into allegations that PM Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, accepted gifts from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer.

Addressing the charges at hand, the prime minister said the facts of each case illustrated the opposite of the allegations against him because he acted against the interests of the individuals with whom he is accused of colluding.

Mr Netanyahu's ruling coalition, too, shows no signs of weakness.

Hadad says Netanyahu "didn't receive bribes at all".

In the Channel 10 poll, 34% said they believe Netanyahu's claim that the police are part of a conspiracy to topple him, and 53% said they do not believe the claim. Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev said she was "not excited" by the police recommendations and urged patience while the attorney general reviews the case. Netanyahu, the two time premier, faces prosecution in two corruption cases: a gifts-for-favors affair known as Case 1000, and a second scandal, called Case 2000, in which he is suspected of back-room dealings with Arnon Mozes, publisher of the popular newspaper Yediot Aharonot, to ensure more favourable coverage, Jerusalem Post reported. Netanyahu allegedly said that he would restrict the circulation of Israel Hayom, a free sheet newspaper which had eaten into Yedioth Ahronoth's market share.

Navit Negev and Iris Niv-Sabag, lawyers for Mozes, said in a statement: "Noni Mozes has strong legal arguments in his favour, and we believe that after an additional examination of the evidence by the prosecutor's office the case against him will be closed and it will become clear that he committed no crime".

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