Friday, 04 August 2017 11:32
Israel PM under investigation for bribery and fraud
Three cases against Likud leader
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu is under investigation for bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
Israeli police allege that he offered favours to newspaper owner Arnon Mozes who owns one of the country’s biggest newspapers Yedioth Ahronoth. Likud party leader Netanyahu is alleged to have offered to cut the circulation of the pro-Netanyahu newspaper Israel Hayom if Mozes agreed to give him more positive coverage.
In a second case under investigation, the authorities allege Netanyahu and his wife received expensive gifts including champagne and cigars from the Israel-born Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan. It is alleged Netanyahu lobbied then US Secretary of State John Kerry to help Milchan in securing a new US visa.
There is also a third case against the Prime Minister, centering on allegations of bribery involving his political inner circle in a deal to buy submarines from Germany.
Netanyahu denies the allegations and says they are politically motivated. In a statement, his representatives said: ”We completely reject the unfounded claims made against the prime minister. The campaign to change the government is underway, but it is destined to fail, for a simple reason: there won't be anything because there was nothing."