Israeli protestors want Netanyahu to step down

By Middle East Affairs

More than 1,000 protestors — maybe 2,000 — gathered in a Tel Aviv square Friday and made calls for their long-standing prime minister to step down, Reuters reports.

Israeli police have recommended bribery charges for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for two corruption cases.

The recommendations came Tuesday as police say they now have enough evidence against the four-term politician. The attorney general must now decide whether to press charges, but that could take months, according to Reuters.

The prime minister is not obliged to step down unless he is convicted.

Netanyahu is suspected of receiving gifts from businessmen and of bribing the publisher of Israel’s best-selling newspaper for more positive coverage.

Reuters says a Wednesday poll showed almost half of Israel’s electorate believe the police over Netanyahu, who has denied the accusations.

 

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