Netanyahu Rejects Calls for Early Elections Amid Police Probes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a speech to the foreign media during the annual GPO (government press office) New Year's toast in Jerusalem on January 10, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

The Times of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that ongoing corruption probes against him are not affecting his ability to manage the country and that early elections are not a foregone conclusion.

At a rare press conference following his announcement of Amir Yaron as his preferred candidate for the next Bank of Israel governor, Netanyahu insisted a series of police investigations were not hindering his work. “I am performing well, working a lot and not taking my eyes off the target,” he said. “I’m doing what needs to be done to preserve the interests of the State of Israel.”

Netanyahu has been grilled by police a dozen times in recent months over suspicions against him in three separate graft cases, raising speculation that he may call snap elections to gain a new mandate before any possible indictment.

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