Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered a statement Tuesday night, responding to the police report recommending that indictments be filed against Netanyahu in both the “Case 1000” and “Case 2000” investigations.
On Tuesday, investigators announced that they had collected sufficient evidence to charged Netanyahu with taking bribes and breach of trust over his alleged receipt of some one million shekels ($283,000) in gifts from wealthy supporters and charges of collusion with a newspaper publisher to grant political favors in exchange for more sympathetic coverage.
In his response Tuesday night, Netanyahu declared that he would not resign as Prime Minister, and vowed that his coalition government would serve out the remainder of its term, set to end in November 2019.
“I feel that it is incumbent upon me to continue leading the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said. “Citizens of Israel, you know that all the work that I have done was with the good of the State of Israel in mind. Nothing will distract me from this sacred duty. Today isn’t any different from so many other days.”
“Our government will finish its term,” added Netanyahu.