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Former close aide to Netanyahu gives his testimony to police

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

Nir Hefetz, the former media advisor of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, signed on Monday a state witness deal with the police to testify against Netanyahu and his family, Israeli media reported.

According to the Israeli news website Ynet News, Hefetz provided police with all of the information in his possession, including text messages, when he signed the deal.

Ynet News also reported that as part of the agreement "he is expected to incriminate Netanyahu both in the illicit gifts affair (Case 1000) and in the Bezeq affair (Case 4000).

"He will also testify in Case 1270, an attempt to bribe District Court President Judge Hila Gerstel with an appointment to attorney general in return for tossing out a case against the prime minister's wife Sara Netanyahu."

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Hefetz also said, according to the same news website, that Arnon Milchan, the billionaire suspected of bribing the prime minister in Case 1000, "received additional benefits from Netanyahu. Things you still do not know.He also spoke to the police about how Netanyahu's decisions are made, telling them: "The decisions being made at the Prime Minister's residence were bizarre. Senior defence officials would make a decision, but then Yair would yell at him, and Sara would make a scene, and he would cave," Ynet News reported.

Arab48.com reported Israeli newspaper Maariv quoting an Israeli official saying: "Now, as two other people have signed as state witnesses in relation to the investigations, their testimonies would support each other and this would afford a strong ground for the police to indict prime minister."

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