Middle East

Israel's Netanyahu dismisses new set of corruption charges

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Abir Sultan, Pool via AP)

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Abir Sultan, Pool via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Abir Sultan, Pool via AP)

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Abir Sultan, Pool via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, arrives to the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Abir Sultan, Pool via AP)

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, arrives to the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Abir Sultan, Pool via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says there is nothing to a second police investigation into corruption charges.

Netanyahu has been questioned twice already about allegations that he improperly accepted lavish gifts from high-profile figures in international business and Hollywood. Local media have reported that the second affair involves Netanyahu being caught on tape negotiating mutual benefits with a high-powered media mogul.

Netanyahu has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, portraying the accusations as a witch hunt against him and his family by a hostile media. Netanyahu told ministers from his Likud Party Sunday that "there will be nothing, because there is nothing."

While the probe is still in its infancy, a mounting investigation could imperil Netanyahu's lengthy rule. Should Israel's attorney general decide to indict him, Netanyahu could be forced to step down.