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Police want to charge Netanyahu over gifts

Illustrative A worker tends to cannabis plants at a growing facility for the Tikun Olam company near the northern city of Safed

"It is shocking to discover that the commissioner has repeated the mistaken and ridiculous suggestion that Prime Minister Netanyahu sent private investigators after the police who are investigating him", the Israeli Prime Minister said in a Facebook post.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suspended reforms on plans to allow cannabis growers to export their product due to concerns that MMJ could find its way to the black market.

Pressure has built on Netanyahu with police investigating him reportedly set to hand over their recommendations to the attorney general next week in the long-running probe. So I want to reassure you: "There will be nothing, because I know the truth".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu added many police recommendations go nowhere.

Police Chief Roni Alsheikh said on Wednesday that "powerful figures" had hired people to "sniff around" the detectives investigating Netanyahu.

Israeli police recommend indicting Netanyahu for corruption: report

According to Israeli media, police are expected to recommend that he be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of public trust.

For months, Netanyahu has been under investigation for allegedly receiving lavish gifts from leading Israeli business tycoons in exchange for political favors. In return he offered to have the circulation of a rival, pro-Netanyahu paper reduced, presumably through influencing its owner, the US businessman and conservative financier Sheldon Adelson.

A separate investigation is also underway in which Netanyahu allies have been questioned by police over the purchase of German submarines. It would be up to the attorney general to decide whether to put Netanyahu on trial.

The Prime Minister has consistently denied the charges, arguing that there is nothing illegal about accepting gifts from his friends. "Any sane person would look at these comments and ask how the police chief would be able to conduct an impartial investigation of the prime minister". "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".

Mr Netanyahu has previously dismissed the corruption claims as a witch hunt orchestrated by a hostile media.