Speaking at a Likud faction meeting on Sunday morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied the accumulating allegations against him that have been circulating in the press since police opened an investigation against the premier on suspicion that he received improper gifts worth hundreds of thousands of shekels from Israeli and foreign businessmen.
"To my dismay I cannot provide details. What I can tell you today, now that I know what this is about, and I will tell you this with full confidence: nothing will be found because there is nothing," the prime minister told Likud ministers.
"What we do have here is wrong, incessant pressure that media elements are applying on law enforcement officials. They're blowing balloons and hot air is coming out of them, one by one. It will be the same in this case," Netanyahu asserted.
Referring to criticism sounded by opposition members, the prime minister said: "I advise my friends in the opposition not to celebrate because there is no cause for celebration. You replace the government through the ballot box."