The Wall Street Journal: Netanyahu should face bribery and fraud charges, Israeli police say

Israeli police on Tuesday recommended charging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in a move that could lead to a formal indictment and is likely to further dent the leader’s popularity and threaten his ruling coalition.

The police recommended that prosecutors charge the Israeli leader for receiving gifts from businessmen, including billionaire Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer, according to a statement. They also said Netanyahu tried to negotiate favorable coverage in a newspaper in return for limiting the influence of another daily.

The recommendations aren’t formal charges, as the attorney general will now have to decide whether to indict. But the police announcement will further pressure Netanyahu to step down after a monthslong police investigation that has divided Israeli public opinion.

Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing and has labeled the police investigation and its recommendations a political witch hunt designed to force him from power.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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