Israeli AG Says Personal Friendship Wouldn’t Deter Him From Indicting Netanyahu

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit threw his backing behind the Israel Police Thursday, saying investigators conducted their inquiries into Cases 1000 and 2000 in a professional and satisfactory manner.

After receiving the police summary of the investigation, Mandelblit must decide if there is enough evidence to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges.

Responding to criticism that he would be hesitant to file charges against Netanyahu — the two are long-time confidants, with Mandelblit once having served as Netanyahu’s cabinet secretary — Mandelblit said he would be able to maintain his professionalism, although it will not be a pleasant task.

“Of course, it would be difficult for me to fill an indictment against any prime minister or any minister who is currently serving. But I was raised to look for the truth, and I would have no problem if I had to indict the prime minister, or anyone else.”

Speaking at an event organized by the Friends of Tel Aviv University Association and The Liberal Magazine, Mandelblit said the State Prosecutor’s Office and police department worked on the investigation in close and excellent cooperation, although there have been rumors about tensions between them.

“We are all parts of the same system; all together we are the law enforcement apparatus, which is a strong and cohesive system that operates independently, impartially and without fear,” he said.

The statement was Mandelblit’s first since police recommended filing criminal charges against Netanyahu on Tuesday.

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Source: Christian Post