Israeli Police Say Netanyahu Took Bribes in Bezeq Case, Too

Israel Police Recommend Indicting Benjamin Netanyahu In Corruption Probe

"I am sure that also in this case the relevant authorities, after examining the matter, will reach the same conclusion - that there was nothing because there is nothing", he said.

Investigators recommended that Netanyahu's wife, Sara, be indicted on bribery charges, too, but the prime minister said the couple would be cleared.

A statement issued on Sunday says that Netanyahu is suspected of accepting bribes in exchange for policy decisions that favored Shaul Elovitch, a media mogul that controlled Israel's largest telecom firm, Bezeq, and the Walla News website.

He is already considering whether to charge Mr Netenyahu in two other cases, one relating to allegations the politician accepted presents from businessmen.

Mr Netanyahu immediately rejected the accusations, but the three cases against him have led to speculation that they could eventually force the long-serving prime minister to step down.

In the conversations, which became public through transcripts leaked in Israeli media, Netanyahu allegedly discusses limiting the circulation of Yedioth Ahronot's biggest competition in favor of more favorable coverage.

Netanyahu has been prime minister for a total of more than 12 years, from 1996 to 1999 and again since 2009. Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing.

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According to a police statement, authorities found evidence of fraud, bribery, and breach of trust.

"The main suspicion is that the prime minister took bribes and acted in a conflict of interest by intervening and making regulatory decision (s) that favour Shaul Elovitch and Bezeq, and in parallel demanded directly and indirectly to interfere with content of the Walla website in a way that would benefit him", the statement said.

But Netanyahu may want to seek a renewed mandate from the people, forcing a prosecutor to think twice before indicting him.

This is the third corruption probe in which police have recommended charges against the prime minister. They also said he should be indicted for influence-peddling after discussing a deal with powerful newspaper publisher Arnon Mozes to push through legislation that would hurt a rival daily in exchange for good coverage.

Despite the ongoing criminal investigations, which began a year and a half ago, Netanyahu has held on to the support of his Likud party and his coalition.

Police are also recommending that charges be brought against Netanyahu's wife, Sara, who has been at the centre of much of the corruption allegations surrounding the longtime Israeli leader.

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