Israeli police suspect Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of being involved in bribery, fraud and breach of trust in a pair of cases
FILE -- In this Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. On Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2017, Netanyahu called for a pardon for a soldier convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of a badly wounded Palestinian assailant. With his comment, the prime minister has plunged into a raging political debate that has divided the country and put himself at odds with the military. Sgt. Elor Azaria was convicted on Wednesday of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a Palestinian who lay on the ground incapacitated from shots sustained after he stabbed and wounded a soldier in the volatile West Bank city of Hebron. (Dan Balilty/Pool photo via AP, File), photo: AP/Dan Balilty
05 of August 2017 14:07:07
JERUSALEM – Israel's justice minister says even if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is indicted on corruption charges he is not compelled to resign.Ayelet Shaked tells Israel's Channel 2 TV Saturday that ministers have to, but not necessarily prime ministers. She said coalition partners will have to discuss the ethical ramifications of such a development but it was still premature.Shaked is the most high-profile official to respond to news that Israeli police suspect Netanyahu of being involved in bribery, fraud and breach of trust in a pair of cases. Netanyahu's former chief of staff and longtime confidante has agreed to turn state witness and testify against his former mentor. This has raised speculation that Netanyahu could be indicted shortly.Netanyahu has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and calls the accusations a witch hunt.