Netanyahu defiant amid bribery allegations
JERUSALEM, Feb 14 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected calls to step down on Wednesday after police recommended his indictment for corruption, the biggest challenge yet to the right-wing premier's long tenure in power.
Netanyahu again came out swinging on Wednesday morning, harshly criticising the police investigation against him while making clear he has no intention of resigning.
His governing coalition, seen as the most right-wing in Israeli history, appears firm for now, but reactions from key members in the coming days will be watched closely for signs of fissures.
"I can reassure you that the coalition is stable," Netanyahu said at an event in Tel Aviv.
Netanyahu, prime minister for a total of nearly 12 years, also harshly denounced the police recommendations against him as "full of holes, like Swiss cheese."
He said the police report "misleads" and is "contrary to the truth and logic." —AFP