Israel’s police service formally recommended Tuesday that the country’s attorney general indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in two cases of alleged corruption.
Allegations of corruption have long hounded Israeli prime ministers, both right and left.
The late Yitzchak Rabin was forced to resign in 1977 over a bank account he and his wife illegally maintained in the U.S. And former prime minister Ehud Olmert was released from prison last year after being convicted of corruption.
Others, like the late prime minister Ariel Sharon, was accused of breaking Israel’s strict campaign finance laws, but was never indicted.
Netanyahu has claimed for months that he is innocent of any wrongdoing, and his supporters believe that he is the target of a “deep state” campaign by the left-leaning Israeli establishment, which can no longer win elections thanks to the collapse of public faith in talks with the Palestinians and the viability of the left’s “land-for-peace” formula.