Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Czer, Feb 7, 2018.
So Avigdor Lieberman was the one who said the things about Tymoshenko being anti semitic
Avigdor Lieberman (Hebrew: אביגדור ליברמן, IPA: [aviɡˈdor ˈliberman], born Evet Lvovich Liberman, Russian: Эве́т Льво́вич Ли́берман, 5 July 1958) is a Soviet-born Israeli politician who serves as the Defense Minister of Israel. He served as Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2012, and again from 2013 to 2015. He has also served as member of the Knesset and as Deputy Prime Minister of Israel.
He is the founder and leader of the secular-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, whose electoral base are overwhelmingly Russian-speaking immigrants from the former Soviet Union. As a result of the arrival in Israel during the 1990s of more than one million Russian-speaking immigrants, Yisrael Beiteinu has regularly played the 'king-maker' role in Israel's coalition governments.
Lieberman first entered the Knesset in 1999, and has since served in numerous roles in the government, including as Minister of National Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Strategic Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Affairs Minister, and Minister of Defense.
LandauVerified account @noa_landau 7m7 minutes ago
According to several Foreign Ministry officials familiar with the matter, the said announcement came directly from Lieberman's office and was subsequently cited not only in Breitbart but also in the New York Times. The campaign of denial and the card of racism are beginning to feel like pressure
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Who is the Israeli official who cooperated with the Russians? Minister @ AvigdorLiberman explains in # Dklsgl : "I did not have any message against Tymoshenko - Foreign minister takes messages. The reason for the charges against me - prejudice and racism
Netanyahu questioned over corruption for 12th time
October 5, 2018
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is today being questioned for the 12th time over two cases of corruption.
Today’s questioning is related to two cases dubbed Case 1000 and Case 2000 respectively. In Case 1000, Netanyahu stands accused of accepting lavish gifts from two influential businessmen in return for favourable legislation and personal favours. In Case 2000, Netanyahu is being investigated for promising Arnon Mozes – the owner of Israeli newspaper Yedioth Aronoth – that he would curtail the circulation of Israel Hayom, Mozes’ main competitor publication, in return for favourable coverage of him and his policies.
Early this morning, investigators from the Israeli police’s Lahav 433 – an anti-fraud unit similar to the US’ FBI – arrived at Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem. Numerous protesters gathered outside the residence with a banner bearing Netanyahu’s face and the words “crime minister”, Ynet reported.
Though Netanyahu has been questioned regarding these two cases on numerous occasions, today marks the first time since his former confidant Nir Hefetz agreed to assist the Israeli police with their investigations, Haaretz reported. Hefetz also provided evidence to be used in Case 4000, another investigation in which Netanyahu allegedly provided regulatory benefits to Shaul Elovitch, the owner of telecom giant Bezeq, in return for favourable coverage on Elovitch’s Wallanews site.
Haaretz added that, though the three cases in question were formerly being conducted as separate investigations, earlier this year Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit decided to unite the three probes “in light of similarities between the cases, […] mutual witnesses and overlapping timelines.”
Today’s questioning is expected to be the last time the prime minister will be questioned regarding cases 1000 and 2000. The Israeli police have already recommended that Netanyahu be indicted for bribery, but this recommendation will not necessarily translate into a conviction or an end to his term in office. Case 4000 remains outstanding.
Allegations of corruption have plagued not only Netanyahu himself but also his wife Sara and son Yair. In August it was revealed that both Sara and Yair were also being investigated for bribery in connection with Case 4000, with the pair thought to have acted as Netanyahu’s emissaries to Shaul Elovitch. If the allegations are found to be true both could be indicted for bribery even though they are not public officials.
In June, Sara Netanyahu was indicted for fraudulently obtaining more than $100,000 for hundreds of meals supplied by restaurants to the PM’s official residence, bypassing regulations prohibiting the practice if a cook is employed. She was charged with fraud, breach of trust and aggravated fraudulent receipt of goods, according to the indictment released by Israel’s Justice Ministry. If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison.
Benjamin Netanyahu is not the first Israeli prime minister to be accused of corruption. Ehud Olmert, who served from 2006 to 2009, was implicated in a string of corruption investigations before an indictment was served against him in 2009. The indictment included counts of fraud, breach of trust, falsifying corporate documents and tax evasion. Several other convictions followed before Olmert finally began serving his prison sentence in 2016 and was released in July 2017.
Adelson Testifies in Netanyahu Corruption Probe, Report Says
According to public broadcaster, tycoon's testimony marks the final questioning in multiple probes involving prime minister
Oct 19, 2018
Police on Wednesday took a final testimony from American billionaire Sheldon Adelson as part of a corruption probe surrounding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Kan public broadcaster said Friday.
According to the report, Adelson's testimony concludes a series of testimonies collected in the three probes involving Netanyahu. It further said that law enforcement pledged to provide the State Prosecutor's Office with all the materials related to the probes that are in its possession next month.
Adelson's testimony this week involved the so-called Case 2000, the report said. In this case, Netanyahu has been accused of offering Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper publisher Arnon Mozes advantageous government media policy in return for favorable news coverage. Police recommended in February that Netanyahu be indicted for corruption over the allegation.
Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, spoke to police investigators in July of 2017, denying any knowledge of or connection to contacts between Netanyahu and Mozes.
The Adelsons, who were questioned for five hours, told investigators that they were disappointed and angry when they found out about the alleged negotiations that included a commitment from Netanyahu to take steps to weaken Israel Hayom, a right-wing daily and competitor of Yedioth owned by the Adelson family.
Earlier this month, police questioned Netanyahu in two of his corruption probes– the 12th time he was questioned in relation to the various probes.
Israel PM warns of plot to topple him
October 25, 2018
Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused the Jewish state's president and a former minister of conspiring to have him toppled, triggering charges of "paranoia" ahead of elections.
"I know that a former Likud minister has been holding discussions with the coalition and concocted a subversive plot, with me winning a large victory at the next elections and him making sure I am not prime minister," he told a gathering of his right-wing Likud party on Wednesday night celebrating his 69th birthday.
Under the scheme, President Reuven Rivlin would use his prerogative as head of state to name an alternative Likud candidate to head a post-election government.
Although Netanyahu did not explicitly name him, Gideon Saar, a former minister and leading rival within Likud, on Thursday publicly denied any such manoeuvre, while Rivlin mocked it as "paranoia" on the premier's part.
Israel's next legislative elections are scheduled for November 2019 but early polls could be held in case of a crisis within Netanyahu's ruling Likud-led coalition.
"If Netanyahu decided against moving up the elections it's not because President Rivlin or former Likud minister Saar is out to get him, but rather to avoid coinciding with an indictment that might lose him the elections," Haaretz newspaper commented.
Netanyahu, who maintains his innocence in several corruption cases, is not obliged to step down as prime minister even if he is formally charged.
Police: Charge Netanyahu Confidant, PM's Former Bureau Chief and Ex-navy Generals With Bribery
Police conclude investigation into $2 billion submarine affair ■ Recommend charging six, including David Shimron, David Sharan and former Israel Navy chief Eliezer Marom ■ Netanyahu's lawyer David Molcho, cleared
Nov 08, 2018
Israel Police announced on Thursday that it has found sufficient evidence to charge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's lawyer and confidant, David Shimron, with facilitating bribery.
Police also recommended charging Netanyahu's former bureau chief, David Sharan, former navy chief, Eliezer Marom, and two other ex-navy generals on similar bribery counts in the so-called submarine affair, also known as Case 3000.
Police said evidence was insufficient to charge Netanyahu's other attorney, Issac Molho.
The so-called submarine affair revolves around alleged corruption surrounding a $2 billion deal to purchase submarines and other naval vessels from German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp.
Michael Ganor, a former representative of submarine maker ThyssenKrupp in Israel, has turned state's evidence in the case. Ganor had served in the navy with Brig. Gen. (res.) Avriel Bar-Yosef, who police also recommended to charge.
With the investigation's conclusion, these are the extent of the police recommendations:
Police said it has found sufficient evidence to charge Shimron with facilitating bribery, as well as with offenses of fraudulently receiving goods under aggravating circumstances and money laundering.
Shimron, a cousin and personal lawyer of Netanyahu, represented the German ship builder in Israel. Shimron is the partner of Issac Molho, a Netanyahu family confidant and lawyer of the prime minister and his wife.
Police suspect Shimron has acted as liaison for Ganor to promote a deal between Israel and the ThyssenKrupp, while "making evident use of his status and relation to the prime minister when dealing with government and public officials, "including legal advisers in the Defense Ministry, Economy Ministry" and his partner at the law firm, Isaac Molho. Molho also served as Netanyahu's adviser and special emissary for diplomatic affairs – contrary to his obligation under a conflict of interest settlement applied to the law firm.
In return for his activities for Ganor, Shimron received a "success fee" over several beats at a total of 270,000 shekels, said the police statement.
Police said these payments were given "in fact for 'opening doors' and influencing public officials to promote Ganor's interests in the deal to acquire naval vessels."
Shimron is also suspected of acting to promote Ganor's interests in a separate affair, involving the investment of funds from the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development in a Credit Swiss bank account.
The Shimron, Molho, Persky law firm also provided legal services to the prime minister’s Likud party and to Netanyahu’s wife Sara.
Netanyahu himself was first questioned in the affair in June, but was cleared as a suspect in the case.
Brig. Gen. (ret.) Avriel Bar-Yosef
Police said it has found sufficient evidence to charge Bar-Yosef with bribery, fraud, breach of trust and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Bar-Yosef, who served as the deputy NSC chief, between 2004 and 2009 was the director of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. He served for 25 years in the Israel Defense Forces, where his last army post was as head of the Israel Navy's equipment division.
Bar-Yosef was appointed in 2016 by Netanyahu as his national security adviser and the head of the National Security Council, but the former later announced he would forgo the job.
According to suspicisions, Bar-Yosef offered Ganor to become the representative for the German corportation, acted to advance the acquisitions of naval vessels and demanded payment from Ganor.
Maj. Gen. (ret.) Eliezer Marom
Police said it found sufficient evidence to charge Marom with bribery, fraud, breach of trust and conspiracy to commit a crime, money laundering and tax related offenses.
According to suspicions, Marom acted with Bar-Yosef to appoint Ganor as the representative of ThyssenKrupp, and dealt with acquisition deals, during his capacity as commander of the Israel Navy between 2007 and 2011.
Police additionally believe that after he discharged from the army, Marom received funds from Ganor amounting to 120,000 euros.
Police said it found sufficient evidence to charge Sharan, who acted as head of Netanyahu's bureau between 2014 and 2016, with bribery, fraud, breach of trust, conspiracy to commit a crime, money laundering and offenses in the Campaign Financing Law.
In 1999 Sharan was an adviser to Yuval Steinitz, who at the time chaired the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. When Steinitz was appointed finance minister in 2009, Sharan served as his chief of staff.
In addition, police recommended charging Brig. Gen (res.) Shai Brosh and former minister Eliezer Zandberg with bribery, fraud and breach of trust, as well as conspiracy to commit a crime, money laundering and tax related offenses in Brosh's case.
The suspects' response
Shimron, responding to the police statement, said that "it's very simple - since I committed no offense, according to my assessment and those of my legal advisers, this case won't amount to an indictment."
He said he has yet to read the police recommendations, and added that to say he was not "troubled would be vain and arrogant, but I am one hundred percent sure of my innocence."
Bar-Yosef's attorney, Jack Chen, said the police statement was "tainted with the same tendentiousness that characterized the entire probe. We have no doubt that a serious and practical inspection of the facts, done by the State Prosecutor's Office, will show the immaculate conduct of" Bar-Yosef.
Molho said he was certain the investigation would lead to nothing, and repeated his statement he had no involvement in the matter.
In response, Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit said that "this is a significant case. A difficult one. Serious. It needed to be investigated thoroughly and it's good it was."
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said: "I suggest we wait for the prosecution. We must be patient. This is sad to see but I don't like to condemn people before there's a final decision by the attorney general or state prosecutor."
Avi Gabbay, chairman of the Zionist Union, called on Netanyahu to resign: "Stealing money from the military is akin to to betraying our soldiers. If the prime minister knew about the involvement of his confidants, he needs to resign. And if he didn't know, he should resign because he's clearly incompetent to manage our security apparatus."
Netanyahu Is Partying Like It’s 1999
It’s deja vu all over again — Dery, Lieberman, Netanyahu and high-tech on hyperdrive — but remember that in 1999, the opposition got its act together
Nov 20, 2018
Israelis waking up Tuesday morning could have been forgiven for feeling they were in their own local Groundhog Day. News bulletins led with the news that the police recommended indicting Interior Minister Arye Dery for fraud and breach of trust.
Much of the 1990s in Israeli politics was dominated by the Dery case, the story of a brilliant, young Mizrahi ultra-Orthodox politician who become interior minister at 29, before being felled by multiple corruption charges. Twenty years later — after being convicted, serving time in prison, resurrecting his political career, regaining leadership of the Shas party and even his old ministerial job — Dery has come full circle, with another indictment looming.
It’s not just the combination of deja vu, schadenfreude and sadness over Israeli politics degrading to the point that a bribery conviction is no longer a bar to high office. To add poignancy, the police recommendations came a day after the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nearly fell — Netanyahu who, in the late 1990s, when Dery was in court, was always on the brink.
And who precipitated the near-fall of this (fourth) Netanyahu government? Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned last Wednesday over the government’s “capitulation to terror.”Lieberman, who 20 years ago resigned as director general of the Prime Minister’s Office, in protest of what he saw as his boss Netanyahu’s inability to rule as a true right-winger.
The same political figures in the same predicaments — even Netanyahu’s current criminal investigations are a rerun of the Bar-On-Hebron and “gifts” affairs, from which he only escaped by the thick skin of then-Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein’s mercy.
Has Israel really not changed that much in 20 years?
In 1998 the Oslo process was stuck, a U.S. president tainted by sex scandals believed he could bring peace with the Palestinians; Haredipoliticians were complaining about the High Court of Justiceintervening in legislation on drafting yeshiva students; the Labor Party, in the opposition, was doing badly in the polls; a small number of tech whizzes were making fortunes from the dot-com bubble and an unusual Israeli singer had just won the Eurovision Song Contest.
Things didn’t stand still. In 1999, Ehud Barak broke out of the doldrums to beat Netanyahu, promising the dawn of a new day. The Oslo process reignited, then flamed out. Barak promised a “secular revolution,” which also fizzled out, and the dot-com bubble burst.
It took Netanyahu 10 years to return to power. Ten years in which Barak and Ehud Olmert would each make major efforts to reach an agreement with the Palestinians, and in between those efforts came a devastating Intifada and Ariel Sharon’s unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
But now that Bibi’s been back for another 10 years, he’s finally succeeded in taking Israel back to 1998. Even the Gaza Strip, which Israel has physically left but continues to occupy by other means, is still on the agenda.
That’s not a bad thing. At least from his perspective. There’s no peace with the Palestinians, but that also means no concessions have been made by Israel. And the frozen Oslo Accords framework is still keeping the Palestinian Authority in place, cooperating with Israel on security in the West Bank.
The economy is once again being fueled by a tech sector on hyperdrive, Israel’s credit rating has even been upgraded to AAA. It seems unsustainable, especially with the Haredi politicians conspiring with Netanyahu to keep ultra-Orthodox men stuck in yeshivas, depriving tech companies of much-needed bright employees. But it’s still growing, like a bubble.
Labor rebranded itself as Zionist Union but is as stuck as ever in the polls, and Barak is once again on the sidelines. A political upset in next year’s election, however, looks much more unlikely. And will Netanyahu overcome the investigations once again? With all the details that have emerged so far, it seems impossible, but Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, who is taking forever with his decision, could well turn out to be another Rubinstein.
Netanyahu’s Israel of 2018 is depressingly similar to Netanyahu’s Israel of 1998. Of course, Netanyahu argues that this is all “sour” left-wing carping and Israel has never been more prosperous, more secure and had healthier foreign relations with so many countries. From the polls at least, enough Israelis agree with him to keep him in power next year, and beyond.
The short-lived insurrection begun by Lieberman and for the space of a weekend, supported by Naftali Bennett, may have failed. But it was a harbinger of things to come. Lieberman, Bennett and the other right-wing “partners” are sensing weakness, the first trickles of blood in the water. The lazy consensual prediction of the Israeli political commentariat, that a fifth Netanyahu victory in 2019 is a foregone conclusion, fails to take into account the growing Bibi-fatigue within his own base.
Just as 1998 was followed by 1999, when Netanyahu’s divide-and-rule tactics couldn’t keep his coalition together, the same can happen in 2019. The right finally rebelled against him then over the Wye River Accord, even though it was minimal and only partially implemented. Now, on the streets of Sderot and on social media, similar tones are being heard from people who until recently were die-hard Bibi supporters. Then, the opposition got its act together, boosted by many moderate-right Israelis who simply couldn’t bear him any longer. There’s no reason to assume it couldn’t happen again, next year.
Netanyahu Spokesman Accused of Sexual Assault to Resign After Official Probe Closed
The Civil Service Commission stated that the allegations against David Keyes took place before he joined public service and are thus not under its jurisdiction. Times of Israel reported that one of the accusations against him took place after he had assumed his position
Nov 21, 2018
Israel's Civil Service Commission is closing the probe into allegations of sexual harassment by David Keyes, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesman, the Israel Television News Company reported Wednesday.
The commission said that the cases they examined took place before Keyes joined public service.
Times of Israel published a testimony of a woman who said Keyes acted aggressively toward her after he assumed his position.
The commission also justified its decision on the basis that no criminal charges have been filed against Keyes, who is currently on "voluntary leave" and who is expected to officially resign with the conclusion of the probe.
The commission started examining the case in September, and said then that if the incidents described in testimonies against the spokesman occurred while he lived in the U.S. and predated his service, "these matters are not within the jurisdiction of the Civil Service Commission and it is correct that they be clarified in the United States and in accordance with the laws that apply there.”
Fourteen women came forth against Keyes. He denied the allegations and had said he plans to fight to clear his name.
The commission also decided that there no disciplinary action will be taken against Israel's ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, who knew about the complaints against Keyes but failed to report them to the Prime Minister's Office.
This does not mean that Netanyahu was unaware of the complaints. One of the allegations was published several years ago and Netanyahu did not act upon it then.
The Prime Minister's Office said in response that they have yet to receive the Commission's decision.
Israel’s Attorney General Taps Second Team to Examine Netanyahu Corruption Cases
Avichai Mendelblit appears to be seeking an extra, devil’s-advocate approach to the evidence against the prime minister
Nov 28, 2018
Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit has set up a second team to examine the corruption cases against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in an apparent attempt to obtain an alternative look at the evidence.
In recent years, Netanyahu has been plagued by allegations that include the receiving of allegedly improper gifts from businessmen and the alleged providing of a quid pro quo for positive media coverage.
The first team looking into these allegations is from the state prosecution’s finance and tax department.
The financial daily Globes reported Tuesday that the second team, which would provide a devil’s-advocate approach, is headed by the deputy attorney general for criminal matters, Amit Marari. It also includes attorneys Reut Gordon and Yonatan Kremer from the state prosecution’s economics department, the paper said.
Kremer is a prosecutor in the corruption cases involving Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party.
In March, Globes had reported that a “contrarian” team of prosecutors was being formed to present the defense angles of the evidence, but the Justice Ministry denied this.
State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan said he was not aware that such a team had been established, and the finance and tax department said the same.
Now the Justice Ministry is saying the latest decision isn’t an unusual one because the deputy attorney general for criminal matters is meant to develop an opinion on such cases, as her predecessor, Raz Nizri, had done – for example in the cases against Lieberman, a former defense and foreign minister.
The main team of prosecutors is headed by the Tel Aviv district attorney for tax and finance, Liat Ben Ari, and her deputy Jonathan Tadmor.
Marari was appointed as deputy attorney in April 2017. She previously served as a prosecutor in the criminal department, dealing with the Supreme Court, and in the international department as an assistant to Elyakim Rubinstein, who was attorney general from 1997 to 2004.
For the past 10 years she has not worked as a prosecutor but as a senior jurist in the legislation and consulting department.
“The deputy attorney general for criminal matters and her team are formulating their opinion on the investigations of the prime minister that have come to the attorney general’s desk, in order to assess the evidence and provide legal analysis of the cases, as has been done in the past,” the Justice Ministry said.
Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak acts like a private opposition to his erstwhile rival and political partner Benjamin Netanyahu. Barak energetically posts tweets slamming the prime minister, makes speeches and gives interviews, and in his free time meets politicians who aim to set up a partisan force that will lead to the replacement of the government.
Barak is not a candidate for any official position and it’s not clear if he will run in the coming elections, but his presence in public life is prominent and influential.
The payments to Barak were first published by Tomer Avital and Uri Blau several years ago, and were recently floated again by journalists affiliated with the right.
About a month ago, Erel Segal (Radio 103) and Akiva Bigman (Israel Hayom) wrote that in 2004-2006, when he held no public position, Barak received $2.3 million from a philanthropic foundation in the United States headed by retailing magnate and philanthropist Leslie Wexner. The foundation reported it had paid Barak for “research,” but it was an unusual expense: The foundation did not spend similar sums on other studies and researchers.
The Wexner Foundation focuses on developing Jewish professional and volunteer leaders in North America and public leaders in Israel. The foundation did not explain why it had employed Barak or the purpose of his research.
Barak said in response that he was a private citizen, had acted lawfully and reported his income to the tax authorities. He accused the journalists of political persecution in Netanyahu’s service. Right-wing MKs persuaded the Civil Service Commission, which is headed by a Habayit Hayehudi functionary, to demand explanations from the Wexner Foundation. The foundation grants 10 study scholarships for Harvard fellowships every year for Israeli public sector employees and officers.
The commission has no authority to “look into” the payments to Barak, who wasn’t a state employee. Commissioner Daniel Hershkowitz must leave the matter alone and not act as the political right’s investigations department. But that does not exempt Barak from explaining to the public what he had been paid for. Did he conduct a study, and if so, for what purpose? This isn’t about security secrets, not even business ones, but about working for philanthropic foundations that advance public causes.
Anyone who is as active in political life as Barak, even if it’s outside the Knesset or a party, cannot be called a “private citizen,” whose actions are known only to his employers and the tax authorities. He must explain to the public what he gave in return that justified this payment.
He's been the prime minister of Israel for 13 years, not consecutively
The police and Israel Securities Authority on Sunday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyau and his wife, Sara, as well as media mogul Shaul Elovitch and his wife, Iris, for bribery and other corruption charges in the investigation dubbed Case 4000.
This is the third case in which the police have recommended charging the prime minister with bribery. The statement recommending charges against Netanyahu in the case were published on the last day in office for Commissioner Roni Alsheich, who is stepping down after a three-year term.
In a statement, police said that Netanyahu is suspected of taking bribes and of conduct involving a conflict of interest when he made decisions that benefited Elovitch, who controlled Israel's largest telecommunications firm, Bezeq, and the Walla News website, one of two leading news sites in the country.
Case 4000 involves suspicions that Netanyahu, in his role as communications minister from 2014 to 2017 (while he was also prime minister), intervened with regulators to help Bezeq with a deal worth to Elovitch some 1 billion shekels (. In exchange, Elovitch, a long-time friend of Netanyahu’s, allegedly ordered Walla to provide favorable coverage of the prime minister and his wife, Sara.
The alleged quid pro quo between the Netanyahus and Elovitches was first revealed by Haaretz's Gidi Weitz in November 2015, in an expose titled "The Israeli News Site in Netanyahu's Pocket."
Police said they found evidence that "Netanyahu and those close to him blatantly intervened, sometimes on a daily basis, in content published on the Walla news website, and sought to influence the appointment of senior employees (editors and reporters), while using their ties to Shaul and Iris Elovitch."
The police are recommending that the prime minister be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust as well as aggravated fraudulent receiving of an item. The recommended charges against Sara Netanyahu are bribery, fraud, breach of trust and obstruction of justice.
The police announcement also links a new figure to the case – Zeev Rubinstein, a businessman with close ties to the Netanyahu and Elovitch families, who is a vice president of the Israel Bonds Organization. He is suspected of serving as an intermediary in the alleged bribery.
In response, Prime Minister Netanyahu issued a statement saying that the recommendations to indict him and his wife "don't surprise anyone, nor does the transparent timing of the announcement."
"These recommendations were decided on and leaked even before the investigations began. The police recommendations have no legal standing. Only recently, authorized officials totally rejected police recommendations regarding a number of public figures. I am certain that the authorized officials, after considering the matters, will reach the same conclusion in this case as well -- that there was nothing because there is nothing."
The police had already recommended charging Prime Minister Netanyahu with bribery and breach of trust in two other cases: Case 1000, in which he is suspected of receiving champagne, cigars and other gifts from billionaire friends, and Case 2000, in which Netanyahu is suspected of negotiating favorable press coverage with Yedioth Ahronoth publisher, Arnon Mozes.
Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit has said that he will reach a decision on whether to charge Netanyahu in all three cases together.
The investigation in Case 4000 against Yair Netanyahu, the prime minister's son, who was also a suspect in the affair, was closed. The findings in Case 4000 have been transferred to the State Prosecutor's Office.
In response to Sunday's police recommendation, Shaul Elovitch's lawyer, Jacques Chen said: "For an extended period, the police, through their leaks, have been preparing us for this recommendation." The recommendations are a rehash that present nothing new, said Chen, who expressed the hope that those handling the case will look at it from a "legal and professional" perspective divorced from "the huge pressure being exerted on them and that has accompanied this investigation from the beginning and has tainted it. Mr. Elovitch insists that he has not committed any offense."
Iris Elovitch's lawyer, Michal Rosen-Ozer, said the police recommendation are "part of the bias in the investigation and arrest of Mrs. Elovitch from the beginning." She added: "We hope that the members of the prosecution are able to free themselves of this bias and consider the evidence. We have no doubt that such an evaluation would show that Mrs. Elovitch has not committed any offense."
did they ever indict him
He's doing the same thing as Trump, throwing everything he can behind him while he runs, his party Likud and his administration are helping him but the extreme right is also pulling harder to the right at the same time
they are doing the same thing, trying to place judges on the supreme court of Israel etc
Ayalet Shaked is the girl in the second picture on the right, first picture on the very left. She's a hardcore zionist greater Israel Netanyahu pick.
Deputy Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Dina Zilber represented the government Monday at the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee despite Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked’s objections.
Shaked had said last month that she would no longer let Zilber represent her ministry in the Knesset, even though Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit said she had no authority to make that decision.
Mendelblit said Zilber would represent him at the debate about new milk prices, but Shaked had told the committee chairman, MK Eitan Cabel of Zionist Union, that she would attend the meeting instead of Zilber, and both of them wound up at the session.
“I’ve already said in the past that the deputy attorney general would not represent” the Justice Ministry, Shaked said in Zilber’s presence and then refused to comment on the issue at hand, the agreement on milk prices.
FILE Photo: Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber and Ayelet Shaked in the Knesset, 2014. Olivier Fitoussi
“I don’t have confidence in her ability to represent my office. I like to come to the Knesset, for me it’s not a chore but a privilege that I would be happy to continue to undertake,” Shaked said.
Shaked left the session a few minutes later, before Zilber began to speak.
Earlier a confrontation ensued between Shaked and Zionist Union MK Revital Swid.
“You’re not supposed to quarrel here with deputy Dina Zilber. She presents the attorney general’s view,” Swid said.
Shaked retorted: “I shall express his view. I’ve spoken to him.”
Swid replied that “it’s not possible for you to stoop to this level,” and Shaked said, “What do you mean, I shall do so.”
After Shaked left the debate, Zilber spoke about the new milk prices, saying “the legal claims regarding this matter are being looked at... a week ago we had a discussion in my office with all the relevant professional and legal staff, and arguments were raised against the deal. We will complete our examination soon and give our conclusions in accordance with what the attorney general decides.”
Mendelblit related to the Shaked-Zilber dispute during a discussion being held at the same time in the State Control Committee.
“I don’t know what Minister Shaked will do. I am certainly not looking to offend her status and we have proper work relations as I do with all the cabinet ministers,” he said. “But it must be clear that I’m the reason why Dina Zilber is there. I am responsible for it. I sent her. She didn’t show up on her own accord.”
Mendelblit said “it’s important for [Zilber] to be able to express her position everywhere just as we do in other debates. Our views must be expressed in order to give you, the Knesset, the best tools in order for you to make the best possible decisions.”
Mendelblit attended the comptroller committee’s debate instead of Zilber. He had initially told chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich that Zilber would attend in his place, but later swapped committee sessions with Zilber, citing the significance of the debate at the comptroller’s committee about the issue of the status of state gatekeepers.
The backdrop for the controversy over Zilber’s appearance was her criticism last month of a so-called “cultural loyalty” bill introduced by Culture Minister Miri Regev. Shaked accused Zilber of speaking out against the government and demanded that Mendelblit fire her.
Mendelblit reprimanded Zilber. He rejected demands for her dismissal but insisted that she coordinate her Knesset presentations with him ahead of time. Shaked replied that she had sole jurisdiction over who represents her ministry in the Knesset and that she wouldn’t allow Zilber to do so.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett, head of the party Shaked belongs to, Habayit Hayehudi, left the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday in protest Zilber’s presence there.
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