As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fought back on Wednesday against a police finding that he had accepted almost $300,000 in bribes, his cool self-confidence betrayed not the slightest worry that he could be forced to step down anytime soon.
Lapid said: "That's how criminals talk, not public servants".
Lapid, who also called on Netanyahu to step down, was finance minister at the time one of the allegations took place.
He said the police report "misleads" and is "contrary to the truth and logic". He can remain in office while Mandelblit makes his decision, a process which could take months.
"Upon conclusion of the investigation, Case 1000, [Israel] Police have concluded that there is sufficient evidence against the PM on suspicions for the offense of accepting bribes, fraud, and breach of trust regarding his connection with businessman Arnon Milchan, and fraud and breach of trust In connection with the Australian businessman James Packer", police said in a statement Tuesday.
Responding to criticism that he would be hesitant to file charges against Netanyahu - the two are long-time confidants, with Mandelblit once having served as Netanyahu's cabinet secretary - Mandel said he would be able to maintain his professionalism, although it will not be a pleasant task.
Earlier Wednesday, Netanyahu slammed the police recommendations and said that the "outrageous" and "biased" cases against him are "unfounded".More news: CDC unsure if flu season has peaked
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"I will continue to lead Israel responsibly and faithfully for as long as you, the citizens of Israel, choose me to lead you", he said soon after the allegations came to light.
Netanyahu, who has been prime minister for nine straight years, and his family have become embroiled in a series of scandals in recent months.
Israeli opposition politicians are calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign following police recommendations that he be indicted for corruption.
Likud party lawmaker David Amsalem, the coalition whip, dismissed the police recommendations. Netanyahu, however, said his government was "stable" and criticised the police investigation, which prompted calls for his resignation.
Click argued in her column that with exception of advocating for Milchen's visa renewal, Netanyahu never really acted on Milchen's interests, and the visa renewal advocacy was justifiable.
The police announcement late on Tuesday that Netanyahu accepted almost 300,000 United States dollars in gifts from two billionaires dealt the embattled prime minister an embarrassing blow after years of investigations, but did not appear to immediately rattle his rule as reaction largely fell along partisan lines. The gifts from Milchan reportedly included expensive cigars and champagne. He accused police of being on a witch hunt and vowed to remain in office and even seek re-election. Several years ago, US officials rejected his request for a renewed visa, and Netanyahu lobbied USA officials including then-Secretary of State John Kerry to issue it.
And, he stated, "all these attempts ended with nothing, because I know the truth: I tell you, these too will end with nothing".