Israeli PM Netanyahu’s Prosecutor Reportedly Recommends Indictment in Two Cases

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends an annual state memorial ceremony for Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, at his gravesite in Sde Boker Israel, November 14, 2018. (photo credit: RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS)

The state prosecution team working on Cases 1000 (the “Illegal Gifts Affair”) and 2000 (the “Yediot Aharonot-Yisrael Hayom Affair”) against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sent its recommendation for corruption to State Attorney Shai Nitzan, Channel 10 reported late Sunday.

The report suggested that Economic Crimes Division Director Liat Ben-Ari’s recommendations were for an indictment against Netanyahu for bribery in Case 1000, which would be consistent with public comments she made in May 2017.

It is also expected that she and her prosecution team will send their recommendations to Nitzan shortly regarding Case 4000 (the “Bezeq-Walla Affair”).

Nitzan makes recommendations to Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit, who will make the final decision.

Mandelblit has made it clear that he will make a decision on all of the cases at the same time regardless of when recommendations come in.

The Justice Ministry refused to confirm or deny the report.

The Jerusalem Post was the first to report in June that Mandelblit will likely decide on an indictment against Netanyahu for bribery at least for Case 4000, with a strong chance for Case 1000, and with Case 2000 being less clear.

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