24 June 2018

Israel's Netanyahu says government coalition remains stable

KONFRONTASI-Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday his coalition government remained stable and would continue to govern despite police recommendations he be indicted for bribery.

“I want to reassure you, the coalition is stable. No one, not I, not anyone else, has plans to go to an election. We will continue to work with you for the good of Israel’s citizens until the end of the term,” Netanyahu said at a conference in Tel Aviv.

His remarks came the morning after Israeli police made public their recommendations, presenting Netanyahu with one of the biggest challenges in his political career. It is now up to Israel’s attorney general to decide whether to file charges, a process that could take months.

Netanyahu has denied wrongdoing in both police criminal investigations that have gone on for more than a year.

One of the cases, known as Case 1000, alleged the “committing of crimes of bribery, fraud and breach of trust by the prime minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu.”

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