Netanyahu questioned over corruption allegations

27 March, 2018, 17:13 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is praising the US government for passing a law that suspends some financial aid to the Palestinians over the stipends paid to families of Palestinians killed or jailed in fighting with Israel.

Shortly after being investigated on corruption allegations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said in a video he is "absolutely confident" that the allegations against him will prove baseless. The second confidant, Shlomo Filber, has also turned state's witness in the case. In exchange, Netanyahu received positive coverage in Walla, a news site controlled by Elovitch. His questioning lasted about four hours.

A police spokesman confirmed "various investigative activities" linked to the probes, without mentioning the Netanyahus by name.

The prime minister's wife Sara Netanyahu allegedly refused to face two state's witnesses during a police interrogation on Sunday amid the ongoing "Case 4000", the Times of Israel reported. The Haaretz newspaper said he will deliver recordings of Netanyahu and his wife as part of his agreement with police.


Israeli police have already recommended indicting Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases. It is the first time that Yair Netanyahu has been questioned in the case.

In Case 2000, police are reportedly examining conversations with newspaper proprietor Noni Mozes, leaked excerpts of which were sensationally broadcast on Israeli television earlier this year, which revealed an alleged quid pro quo' arrangement with the Yedioth Ahronoth publisher to limit circulation of the newspaper's main rival in exchange for more favorable coverage.

Israel's attorney general is now reviewing the police recommendations, a process that could take months, and will decide whether to indict Netanyahu.

The cases have given new fuel to opposition calls for Netanyahu to step aside. Early polls would have shifted attention away from his legal problems, and a win would have shored up his position ahead of a possible indictment.

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