Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Netanyahu suggests police could implicate him in corruption probe

Netanyahu suggests police could implicate him in corruption probe
Melinda Barton | 08 February, 2018, 14:56

The former centers on suspicions that Netanyahu received gifts such as expensive champagne and cigars from wealthy businessmen including film producer Arnon Milchan and Australian casino mogul James Packer, in exchange for favorable government treatment.

Netanyahu also said in a Facebook video, "I would like to tell you, citizens of Israel, that I do not heed background noises".

The allegation is that Arnon Mozes, publisher of the Yediot Aharot newspaper, discussed a deal that would involve more positive coverage from the paper if Netanyahu passed a law that would hurt the circulation of YediotAharot's competitor, Israel Hayom, which just so happens to be owned by GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson. "But I am sure that at the end of the day the competent legal bodies will come to the same conclusion, to the simple truth: There is nothing".

Israeli media have reported that police are expected to recommend that the long-serving prime minister be indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of public trust. Both Netanyahu and Mozes have said they were not serious discussions; rather, they each claim they were trying to expose the other's lack of trustworthiness.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit speaks during a ceremony in Jerusalem, October 26, 2017. Anti-corruption protests in Tel Aviv have become more common, and thousands of demonstrators have called on Netanyahu to step down. He has defended his innocence, saying the investigations are part of a political campaign to unseat him.

Reports say investigators could submit their recommendations to the attorney general as early as next week.

"A large shadow was cast tonight over the police investigations and their recommendations related to Prime Minister Netanyahu".

A spokesman for the billionaire pushed back against Netanyahu's claim, telling Haaretz that while Soros is not funding protests in the country, he nonetheless "adamantly believes that, in accordance with the 1951 Refugee Convention and worldwide law, it is wrong to forcibly send asylum seekers back to countries where they might be persecuted or killed".