Netanyahu seems concerned about allegations against him and is not willing to resign in case the attorney general’s office press charges against him.
The prime minister is taking refuge in the procedural aspects of the potential trail, “According to the law, the prime minister does not have to resign during the hearing process...The hearing does not end until my side is heard,” said the Israeli prime minister.
This is a sensitive time for Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud party as election time approaches and the indictment decision is long in the making. However, some analysts believe that the attorney general may opt to delay the move as not to influence the outcome of the elections.
Israeli police indicated they had found enough evidence for bribery and fraud charges to be brought against Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife. This represents the third corruption case against the leader.
The alleged wrongdoings include awarding regulatory favors to Israel's leading telecommunications company Bezeq Telecom Israel, in return for more positive coverage of him and his wife on the news website Walla.
Last week, Netanyahu announced a snap election will be held in April and some analysts believe this represents a move to win a new political mandate which could prove instrumental in order to avoid potential charges in corruption investigations, according to Reuters.