The Israeli police have said their investigation has found sufficient evidence for bribery and fraud charges to be brought against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife in a third corruption case against the leader.
Authorities on Sunday alleged Netanyahu awarded regulatory favours to Bezeq, Israel’s largest telecommunications group, in return for more positive coverage of him and his wife on Bezeq’s subsidiary news website, Walla.
Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing.
“These recommendations were determined and leaked even before the investigations began,” Netanyahu said in a statement on Sunday.
“I’m sure that in this case the relevant authorities, after examining the issue, will reach the same conclusion: that there was nothing because there is nothing.”
If indicted, the four-term prime minister would be facing one of the greatest challenges to his political survival.
Despite his dominance of Israeli politics, the newest police recommendation comes just after his right-wing coalition’s majority was reduced to a precarious one seat in parliament.
Police have already recommended indicting Netanyahu on corruption charges in two other cases, one involving accepting gifts from billionaire friends and the other over trading positive media coverage for advantageous legislation for a newspaper.
Netanyahu has dismissed the accusations as a witch-hunt.