Israel's Netanyahu: bribery charges against me to end with nothing

Israel's Netanyahu: bribery charges against me to end with nothing

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hit back after police said he should be charged over alleged bribery cases.

Speaking on Israeli television, he branded the allegations "baseless" and pledged to continue as leader.

Netanyahu said he was certain that the truth would be revealed and the allegations "will end with nothing".

"Over the years, I have been the subject of at least 15 enquiries and investigations. Some have ended with thunderous police recommendations like those of tonight. All of those attempts resulted in nothing, and this time again they will come to nothing," BBC cited him as saying.

His comments follow a police statement that said there was enough evidence to indict him for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases.

One case centres on an allegation that Netanyahu asked the publisher of an Israeli newspaper for positive coverage in exchange for help in reining in a rival publication.

The second allegation centres on a claim that Mr Netanyahu received gifts worth at least a million shekels ($283,000).

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