Police want to charge Netanyahu over gifts

The second alleges Netanyahu was looking for more favorable coverage from Yedioth Ahronoth, one of Israel's biggest papers.

Police have recommended she be "indicted on a charge of misuse of funds". If Netanyahu serves his fourth mandate, which expires on July 16, 2019, in full, he will tie with David Ben-Gurion to become the longest-serving Prime Minister in Israel's history.

Netanyahu's allies have in the past said there is no crime in friends exchanging gifts, but investigators have reportedly arrived at the conclusion that they were in fact bribes.

Any recommendation for an indictment would be sent to Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who will decide whether to indict the prime minister.

In a Facebook video posted on Wednesday, Netanyahu pleaded his innocence, saying "there won't be anything".

Police have been investigating both cases for many months and have questioned the prime minister on multiple occasions.

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Roni Alsheikh, the chief of police, convened his top investigators for a final summing-up of evidence in two investigations. "The state prosecutor recently said in the Knesset that about half of the police's recommendations end with nothing", Netanyahu said Wednesday.

Reports say investigators could submit their recommendations to the attorney general as early as next week. He dismissed the allegations against him and assured supporters that the investigations would not come to anything.

Netanyahu's wife, Sara, was also being investigated.

"There will be nothing, because I know the truth", Netanyahu said in Hebrew in the video. "But in the end, I am certain that the relevant and authoritative legal powers that be will, at the end of the day, reach the one true decision, that there is nothing here".

But an indictment is sure to encourage his political rivals - including those from within his own party - to move against him.

According to a report broadcast Thursday on Channel 10, Netanyahu believes that after US President Donald Trump reveals his plan to revive the Middle East peace process it will likely be rejected by the Palestinian leadership.

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