Police Recommend Bribery Charges Against Netanyahu

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The Israel Police recommended that charges be brought against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara on Sunday.

The charges relate to the so-called Case 4000, involving the claim that Netanyahu helped ease regulations for the Bezeq media and telephone company in exchange for positive coverage on the popular Bezeq-owned news site Walla, the Times of Israel reports.

Shaul Elovitch, owner of Bezeq, is mentioned extensively in the police recommendation. “The main suspicion is that the prime minister took bribes and acted in a conflict of interest by intervening and acting in regulatory decisions that favor Shaul Elovitch and the Bezeq Group, while at the same time directly and indirectly demanded interference with the content of the Walla site in a way that would benefit him," the police statement said.

The Times notes that the recommended charges are "bribes, fraud and breach of trust and fraudulently accepting benefits."

The statement also calls for the indictment of Sara Netanyahu and Elovitch for involvement in the case.

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