Pressure Mounts on Netanyahu Amid Corruption Probes

08 August, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Ya'alon I think Netanyahu will be indicted

His statement follows the description by the police of the offenses of which he is accused in the 1000 and 2000 cases: "The 1000 and 2000 cases concern bribery, fraud, and breach of trust".

The evening also saw a few hundred supporters of Netanyahu's Likud Party launch a counter-protest in the prime minister's defense, necessitating the deployment of dozens of police officers to maintain order between the opposing sides.

In a document filed with a magistrate's court, the police on Thursday confirmed for the first time that Netanyahu is a suspect in two corruption cases which are under investigation, Xinhua news agency reported. A committee charged with overseeing residence expenditures - and which included the Prime Minister's Office legal adviser - ruled against the hiring of Fahima, but he was employed nonetheless.

Netanyahu's office has repeatedly denied wrongdoing over the investigations, portraying the accusations as a witch hunt against him and his family by a hostile media opposed to his hard-line political views.

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Case 2000 involves Netanyahu and Yediot Aharonot owner Noni Moses, who allegedly made a pact with Netanyahu, according to which the prime minister proposed to use his power to weaken Yediot's main rival, Israel Hayom, by passing a law curbing the latter's distribution in return for Yediot's reduction of negative coverage of Netanyahu's government. The fact that Netanyahu's personal attorney, David Shomron, represents TKMS in Israel sparked an investigation that saw a former IDF general detained for questioning in mid-July, along with several other suspects. Investigators reportedly have asked if Adelson was aware of the deal.

After eight years in office, in addition to an earlier term in the 1990s, Netanyahu has garnered an image as a cigar-puffing, cognac-drinking socialite who is as comfortable rubbing shoulders with worldwide celebrities as he is making deals in parliament.

According to Bell, nothing in Israeli law "requires Netanyahu to resign if indicted". He returned to work with the prime minister in 2014 but resigned a year later amid corruption claims.

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