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.
“I will continue to lead Israel responsibly and faithfully for as long as you, the citizens of Israel, choose me to lead you,” he said soon after the allegations came to light on Tuesday.
“I am certain that at the next elections, which will be held on schedule, I will earn your trust again, with God’s help,” he said.
“Over the years, I have been the subject of at least 15 inquiries and investigations,” he said in his TV address.
“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.”
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.
Police say Netanyahu is also suspected of fraud and breach of trust in a case involving Australian billionaire James Packer.
Israeli media say Netanyahu has been questioned by investigators at least seven times.Please subscribe to our newsletter