Israeli police on Tuesday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery in two criminal investigations.A decision to press formal charges against the veteran premier now rests with the attorney general's office.
Israeli media have reported that one of the two cases involves the receipt of gifts from businessmen and the other is related to conversations Netanyahu is alleged to have held with an Israeli newspaper publisher about limiting competition in the news sector in exchange for more positive coverage.
However, Netanyahu, prime minister for nearly 12 years has claimed innocence.
"Over the years, I have been the subject of at least 15 enquiries and investigations," Netanyahu said in the televised address, reports AFP.
"Some have ended with thunderous police recommendations like those of tonight. All of those attempts resulted in nothing, and this time again they will come to nothing."
Netanyahu has dominated Israeli politics for the past 10 years, and is known as an implacable survivor of Israel's rough-and-tumble leadership fights.