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Netanyahu’s Coalition Members Say They Won’t Rush to Abandon PM

Netanyahu’s Coalition Members Say They Won’t Rush to Abandon PM

TEL AVIV – Senior members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition said they would not rush to make any decisions until after the attorney general made his ruling in the wake of police recommendations published Tuesday that the premier be indicted on corruption, bribery and fraud charges.

“The law states that only the attorney general can make decisions regarding filing or not filing an indictment,” Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, the Kulanu party leader who is a top ally of Netanyahu, wrote on his Facebook page.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Wednesday that his Jewish Home party would remain in the ruling coalition despite the police recommendations and that the rule of law means the prime minister is innocent until proven guilty.

“We are a country of laws, and Prime Minister Netanyahu is still presumed innocent.

It’s a difficult evening when the Israel Police recommends prosecuting a prime minister in Israel with bribery, fraud and breach of trust,” the statement said.

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