Israeli police: Netanyahu suspected of breach of trust, bribes

Laura Christensen
August 8, 2017

Netanyahu has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in all of the cases.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is not only fighting against possible legal charges, but also against public opinion.

Netanyahu's former chief of staff and onetime close confidant has agreed to testify in two ongoing corruption cases against him, the police said Friday.

One investigation involving Netanyahu dubbed by police as "File 1000", reportedly concerns claims he improperly accepted lavish gifts from wealthy supporters, including Australian billionaire James Packer and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan.

Another former Netanyahu aide who worked with Harow said that his testimony could be a "bombshell" against the prime minister, given the extent of his knowledge. In exchange, Netanyahu would curtail the circulation of Israel Hayom, a competitor that is traditionally pro-Netanyahu. They face allegations of bribery and money laundering.

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Despite the mounting pressure against Netanyahu and calls for his resignation, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (HaBayit HaYehudi) told Israel's Channel 2 on Saturday night that the prime minister would not be obligated to resign even if he is indicted on corruption charges. Germany postponed the submarine deal due to the investigation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu is no stranger to controversy and scandal. Add to these the sordid "Bottlegate" affair in which his penny-pinching wife kept the deposits from drinks bottles used for official affairs at the prime minister's residence, as well as allegations of misuse of state funds to remodel his private residency in the posh community of Caesarea, and it may be said that he has had quite a colorful career.

Drucker originally submitted a freedom of information request regarding the call logs in February of 2015, which was rejected in September of that year.

This has raised speculation that Netanyahu could be indicted shortly. "While Israeli courts have whittled away many of these limits in recent decades, they have not abolished them completely".

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