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Netanyahu is a suspect in bribery and fraud case

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Former PM Ehud Barak claimed Netanyahu had submitted false documents denying his close ties with the paper [File photo]

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is suspected of bribe, fraud and breach of trust in two cases, the country’s police confirmed on Thursday.

A statement from the prime minister’s office, however, rejected the accusations saying: “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.”

Israel’s daily newspaper Haaretz reported the country’s Attorney General, Avichai Mendelblit, as saying that progress was being made in talks with a former top aide to Netanyahu, Ari Harow, to become a state witness.

The two cases mentioned in the police request are known as Case 1000, which involves Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan, who was asked to purchase luxury items for Netanyahu and his wife; and Case 2000, in which Netanyahu tried to concoct a deal with Arnon Mozes, the publisher of the mass-circulation daily Yedioth Ahronoth.

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Harow is suspected of bribery, fraud, breach of trust, aggravated fraud and money laundering. He headed the American Friends of Likud, which allegedly paid the salary of Odelia Karmon, an adviser to Netanyahu when the prime minister, who heads the Likud party, was opposition leader.

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