Netanyahu Tells Worried Voters What Will Happen to Him in the Coming Days
Police expected to recommend indicting Netanyahu in coming days amid massive corruption investigation
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains embroiled in two corruption investigations that Israel Police investigators seem determined to see through to the bitter end.
On top of that, the police and local media are now accusing Netanyahu of hiring his own private investigators to dig up dirt on police officials in order to persuade them to back off.
In an angry video posted to Facebook, Netanyahu acknowledged that the Israel Police are likely to recommend his indictment in at least one, if not both, of the cases. And that could happen as early as this week.
On Sunday, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit instructed the police to cool their jets just a little until a Supreme Court petition aimed at preventing publication their recommendations.
But, it's widely expected that the police will very soon recommend Netanyahu's indictment, at which time Mandelblit will need to decide whether or not to act on the evidence.
Either way, Netanyahu insisted he's not worried.
"Many of you are asking — what will be [in the future]?" the prime minister said. "I want to reassure you, there will be nothing because I know the truth."
"No worries," Netanyahu added sarcastically. "There will be [police] recommendations, there will also be posters saying 'Bibi is guilty until proven otherwise,' and there will be inappropriate pressure, too. But I'm sure that at the end of the day the legal authorities will arrive at one conclusion, at the simple truth: There is nothing."
In the investigation known as "Case 1000," Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, stand accused of requesting and receiving expensive gifts in exchange for political favors on behalf of wealthy benefactors.
"Case 2000" is even more serious, as it centers on charges that Netanyahu struck a deal with Israel's best-selling daily newspaper to receive more favorable coverage in exchange for pushing through laws that would weaken the publication's competitors.