Israel: Netanyahu combative as he asserts innocence of corruption

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected allegations of corruption in combative fashion during a live address from Jerusalem on Monday. Netanyahu demanded a televised confrontation with his accusers «so that the public will see everything, hear everything, and know the full truth.» He further claimed that authorities denied him an opportunity to confront witnesses in person, saying... Еще: «Why did they refuse me this confrontation, which is so essential for clarifying the truth? What are they afraid of? What do they have to hide? I'm not afraid. I have nothing to hide.» Netanyahu's conduct is the subject of three long-running police cases, in which he was investigated for granting favours to media organisations in return for more favourable coverage, as well as accepting expensive gifts from wealthy businessmen in return for favours. The Prime Minister accused the investigators of bias, and said that it would be unjust for him to be indicted before upcoming elections in April. The final decision on whether to indict the Prime Minister will be made by the Israel's Attorney-General, Avichai Mandelbilt.

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