Israeli police have recommended charging Benjamin Netanyahu with accepting bribes worth 1 million shekels (£200,000), dealing a potentially serious political blow to the long-serving Israeli prime minister.

After more than a year of investigating, Israel’s police said there was enough evidence to prosecute Mr Netanyahu on allegations he accepted lavish gifts from wealthy businessmen and tried to negotiate a corrupt deal with a newspaper publisher.

Police also recommended charging Mr Netanyahu with fraud and breach of trust.

The final decision on whether not to bring charges against the prime minister lies with Israeli attorney general Avichai Mandelblit and it may be some time before he decides what to do.