There's little chance Israel's Prime Minister will quit or be fired, despite bribery allegations

Business Insider | 3/18/2015 | Rosie Perper
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Israeli police have recommended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on several several counts of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust.

Netanyahu can remain in office as the process Attorney General makes a decision to indict, which will likely take months.

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Experts say the police accusations aren't guaranteed to lead to an indictment.

If an indictment does occur, there is no law requiring Netanyahu to quit.

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On Tuesday, Israeli police put forth a recommendation to indict Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for several several counts of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust.

The police recommendation will now go to Israel's Attorney General, Avichai Mendelblit, to decide on filing charges against the troubled prime minister.


But an indictment may still be far away.

Former Police Affairs Reporter at The Jerusalem Post Ben Hartman told Business Insider police accusations may not lead to a surefire outcome.

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"A police recommendation can help convince the prosecutors, simply due to the fact that the recommendation is based on the evidence in the case, and that's what the prosecutors will look at," he said.

Still, the police's evidence may not be enough to sway legal authorities, according to Hartman, and many instances of police recommendations in Israel do not end in indictments.

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"The prosecution can definitely disagree and they do at times," he said, adding that the severity of the allegations could affect the chances of indictment.

"If it's bribery ("shochad") that's more serious than breach of trust," Hartman said.


If Netanyahy were to be indicted it would...
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