01 Dec, 2020
JERUSALEM WEATHER

The Israeli Police reported to the Rishon Letzion Magistrates Court that they will recommend an indictment be made by the State Prosecution against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. The police recommendation does not carry any legal weight and it is for prosecutors to decide whether to press charges or not.

There are currently two investigations focused on the prime minister.  In the investigation labeled Case 1000, Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, are suspected of receiving illicit gifts worth tens of thousands of dollars from Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan.

In Case 2000 Netanyahu is suspected of agreeing to take actions against Israel Hayom, owned by Sheldon Adelson, in return for positive media coverage in rival newspaper Yedioth owned by Arnon Mozes.

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The situation came to a head when Ari Harow, Netanyahu’s former chief of staff, turned state’s witness on Friday in the investigation into corruption. According to a Channel 2 report, recordings on Harow’s phone allegedly have Netanyahu promising Mozes that he would convince Adelson, Netanyahu’s patron and close associate, to stop publishing the popular weekend edition. Harow is expected to receive six months of community service and a $193,000 fine on breach of trust charges in exchange for his testimony.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked told Channel 2 that “if we arrive at a situation in which an indictment is served, the coalition parties will sit down and consider what to do.”

According to Israeli law, government officials are required to resign of an offense involving moral turpitude, but the prime minister is excluded from this.