Israeli police have been investigating allegations of corruption surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for months. Now the authorities have announced they are recommending that Mr Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges.
As such, Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has decided to cut the PM’s security detail from seven to just two policemen.
Earlier this month, the prime minister’s wife Sara was indicted on suspicion of receiving luxury gifts from rich businessmen in exchange for favours, including preferential treatment. Her son Yair has also been accused of conflict of interest allegations.
On Wednesday, Mr Netanyahu’s legal team released a statement saying it was “not surprised” by the decision to cut the security detail, as well as four others for the PM’s siblings, son Yair and wives Sara and Leah.
But critics believe cutting the policemen from the PM’s entourage is an admission that there is enough evidence against the beleaguered prime minister to warrant an indictment.
Some critics say it signals that the government would not stand by Mr Netanyahu should he be indicted, and some suggest it could be taken as a sign that he is being pressured to step down.