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Israeli police probe Netanyahu’s close associates over corruption

February 19, 2018 at 9:51 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the 54th Munich Security Conference (MSC) at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany on 18 February 2018 [Andreas Gerbert/Anadolu Agency]

Netanyahu's corruption scandal - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Netanyahu’s corruption scandal – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Police in Israel have arrested a number of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s close associates over new major corruption allegations referred to collectively as “Case 4000”, local media reported on Sunday.

According to Quds Press, senior officials in the Israeli telecommunications giant Bezeq, including major shareholder Shaul Elovitch and his son, were among the people arrested. They and others are being investigated over claims of enjoying benefits for Bezeq in return for favourable coverage of Netanyahu on the Walla News website, which is fully-owned by the company.

Israeli Channel 2 TV said that Case 4000 is much larger than the three previous corruption cases against Netanyahu, Cases 1000, 2000 and 3000. It said that this is full of surprises that would shake up the Israeli political arena due to the involvement of many senior politicians.

The previous allegations against Netanyahu have varied from taking benefits from a businessman; obtaining favourable media coverage during an election campaign; and corruption linked to Israel’s purchase of submarines from Germany.

Read: Corruption probe, Israeli police arrest more executives from Bezeq Telecom