Likud, Netanyahu Supporters Say Prime Minister Will Survive

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Almost half of Israeli voters believe the police corruption allegations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who denies any wrongdoing, according to a recent survey.

"I want to reassure you, the coalition is stable".

An additional poll conducted by the Shiluv institute and published by Kan 11 found that 51% of respondents believe the police version of events, while 22% believe the Prime Minister.

The Australian Federal Police interviewed Mr Packer last December and he reportedly corroborated previous testimony by Milchan that the gifts were organised in response to demands by the Netanyahus.

"After I read the recommendations report, I can say it is biased, extreme, full of holes like Swiss cheese and doesn't hold water".

In Case 2000, police say Netanyahu discussed "bartering" with Arnon "Noni" Mozes, the owner of one of Israel's leading newspapers, Yedioth Ahronoth, which is regularly critical of the Prime Minister.

One of Netanyahu's main rivals also came under the spotlight when it emerged he had spoken to police about one of the allegations against the prime minister. He accused police of being on a witch hunt, vowed to remain in office and even seek re-election.

As damning as the recommendation sounds, it probably does not spell the downfall of one of the country's longest-serving prime ministers - at least not yet.

The decision on whether to press charges now rests with Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit. "All of those attempts resulted in nothing, and this time again they will come to nothing", Netanyahu said in the televised address.

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The head of a centrist Israeli party called on Benjamin Netanyahu to resign and defended his decision to cooperate with police in their corruption investigation of the prime minister.

Despite the evidence against him, Mr Netanyahu is standing strong - for the time being.

Asked if he sees parties in the government coalition or top members in Likud abandoning the prime minister, Hazan dismissed such hypotheticals, saying "nothing will change".

Education Minister Naftali Bennett said "taking gifts" as Netanyahu is alleged to have done was not up to the "standard" of a prime minister.

Mr Netanyahu's ruling coalition, too, shows no signs of weakness.

Navit Negev and Iris Niv-Sabag, lawyers for Mozes, said in a statement: "Noni Mozes has strong legal arguments in his favour, and we believe that after an additional examination of the evidence by the prosecutor's office the case against him will be closed and it will become clear that he committed no crime".

In a detailed statement, police named Arnon Milchan, a Hollywood producer and Israeli citizen, and Australian businessman James Packer, saying that for almost a decade, from 2007 to 2016, they gave gifts that included champagne, cigars and jewelry to Netanyahu and his family.

While an indictment alone would not legally oblige Netanyahu to resign, he would likely face mounting pressure to do so.

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