Claim that judge was bribed deepens Netanyahu crisis

21 February, 2018, 08:05 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Netanyahu's Associates Named In Telecom Corruption Probe

Premier Benyamin Netanyahu is at the center of a political storm after the arrest of some of his associates, including his former councilor for relations with the media, Nir Hefetz, and Shaul Elovitch, a businessman who controls telecommunications giant Bezeq and popular online daily "Walla", as part of a corruption probe.

A major new spin-off development from the newly revealed Attorney-General Job Affair came out a few hours later on Tuesday afternoon, when it was reported that the police would question Supreme Court President Esther Hayut on Tuesday night. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert added in her February 13 press briefing that the US considered Netanyahu's corruption cases "an internal Israeli matter".

Police suspect that Bezeq's controlling shareholder Shaul Elovitch was granted business concessions in return for Netanyahu receiving positive coverage on Elovitch's news website Walla.

"There is a tremendous effort here to preserve the left's monopoly in the media, " Netanyahu said in a statement posted on Facebook. "He was never asked to make such an offer, and we can not believe Hefetz even considered such a thing", the statement read. But as suspicions grow, "it becomes more hard politically to support Netanyahu", says CNN.

With an initial gag order lifted, police identified the pair as Nir Hefetz, a former Netanyahu spokesman, and Shlomo Filber, the former director of the communications ministry under Netanyahu.

"If you meet with Justice Gerstel in a closed room and ask her to close the investigation against Sara Netanyahu in exchange for her appointment as attorney general, what would her response be?"

Yair Lapid, leader of the opposition Yesh Atid Party, said that if Netanyahu doesn't want to resign, he should at least declare himself "incapacitated", allowing a caretaker prime minister to be appointed.

Netanyahu has not been named as a suspect in the Bezeq affair, but a spokesman for his family responded to media reports on the investigation, calling them "yet another empty probe" that would yield nothing.

More news: #WakandaForever: See the best outfits worn for 'Black Panther' opening weekend

Netanyahu has denied all charges.

The Trump White House, where ongoing criminal investigations directed at the nation's top elected official are all too familiar, has largely dismissed the recommendation by Israel's national police to indict Netanyahu for bribery.

The new probe comes days after police announced there was sufficient evidence to indict Mr Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases.

In Case 1000, Netanyahu and his wife are alleged to have received illicit gifts from billionaire benefactors, most notably the Israeli-born Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan, totaling NIS 1 million ($282,000).

"He will try to emphasize to the Israeli public his value as someone who they have to thank for the strong economy and for Israel's standing in the world", said David Makovsky of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. In return, police say Netanyahu had operated on Milchan's behalf on USA visa matters, legislated a tax break and connected him with an Indian businessman.

Netanyahu is also suspected of seeking favourable media coverage from a publisher in exchange for weakening competing newspaper, a separate charge from Tuesday's allegations regarding Bezeq.

Netanyahu has long accused the Israeli press corps of being biased against him and has taken steps to counter it by promoting more sympathetic outlets to him.

Recommended:

  • Over 70 Civilians were Killed in Air Strikes in Syria

    Over 70 Civilians were Killed in Air Strikes in Syria

    However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said conditions in the enclave were being exaggerated by global actors. The rebels have been responding with mortar attacks on Damascus but the government's military might is far stronger.
    Groves vs Eubank Jr

    Groves vs Eubank Jr

    Although more of the general public are piling in on Groves , it's Eubank Jr who is attracting the bigger stakes. I didn't get hit clean. "I don't think of retirement, retirement is not a word that even comes into my mind".
    USDA proposes replacing food stamps with delivery service, added work requirements

    USDA proposes replacing food stamps with delivery service, added work requirements

    Critics of the proposal said distributing that much food presents a logistical nightmare. This proposal still needs to have approval from Congress.
  • Burnout Paradise Remastered Confirmed For PS4 And Xbox One!

    Burnout Paradise Remastered Confirmed For PS4 And Xbox One!

    Instead of indivual racing tracks that were a cornerstone of previous entries in the franchise, Paradise featured an open-world. Unless of course you have EA Access for the Xbox One , in which case you can play the game from March 9.
    The Steam Lunar Sale is underway as Valve adds new Wishlist features

    The Steam Lunar Sale is underway as Valve adds new Wishlist features

    The combination of filters and sort-orders users pick will also automatically save and apply next time the Wishlist is accessed. It's now possible to add a game to your basket directly from the list, without having to leap around to the store page first.
    Woman poses as man, marries two women for dowry in Nainital

    Woman poses as man, marries two women for dowry in Nainital

    After allegedly dressing up as a man for 4 years, reports say she tricked the women into marriage so she could get dowry. In 2014, Sen travelled to Haldwani's Kathgodam area to meet a woman she befriended on the social media website.
  • Pres. Trump Calls Oprah's Voter Panel Interview 'Biased and Slanted'

    Pres. Trump Calls Oprah's Voter Panel Interview 'Biased and Slanted'

    Winfrey led a panel discussion with 14 people , who were interviewed a year ago, in MI to mark Trump's first year in office. Donald Trump has insulted Oprah Winfrey and challenged the TV star to challenge him in the 2020 presidential election.
    Man Accused Of Breaking Off Terra-Cotta Warrior's Thumb For Souvenir

    Man Accused Of Breaking Off Terra-Cotta Warrior's Thumb For Souvenir

    The Franklin Institute has the utmost respect for the Terracotta Warriors and the rich Chinese cultural heritage they embody. An US partygoer has been taken in custody after authorities discovered that he stole the finger of a terracotta warrior.
    Ethiopia: Govt to Declare Three Month State of Emergency As of Today

    Ethiopia: Govt to Declare Three Month State of Emergency As of Today

    Following recent unrest, much of it in the Oromia region, Ethiopia's new premier is expected to hail from the province. The council added it would release more details Saturday.
  • Olympics men's hockey, Canada vs. South Korea live stream

    Olympics men's hockey, Canada vs. South Korea live stream

    Canada has lost to the Czech Republic 3-2 in a shootout, the first loss by its men's hockey team at the Olympics since 2010. The Czech Petr Koukal and Jan Kouvar the other hand, have deceived the vigilance of Ben Scrivens in the shootout.
    Heidi Renae Todd, 4, found in Alabama

    Heidi Renae Todd, 4, found in Alabama

    Because authorities could not be sure of the circumstances of Heidi's disappearance, they could not issue an Amber Alert. Tecklenburg said 4-year-old Heidi Todd was rescued from an abductor in Riverside , Alabama, Wednesday afternoon.
    Sony slashes prices on PSVR headset for a limited time

    Sony slashes prices on PSVR headset for a limited time

    The Doom VFR Bundle comes with a PSVR headeset, a disc copy of the game, a PlayStation Camera , and the PSVR Demo Disc 2.0. There will be the PS VR DOOM VFR Bundle at $299.99, which is a hundred-dollar discount over the regular $399.99 price.


Popular

Trump Back to Denying Russia Interfered in US Election
But ever since Trump's grand vindication, Kilmeade, Doocy and Earhardt have rediscovered their patriotic, Anti-Soviet fervor. The special counsel probe of Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation is moving much faster than expected.

Red Sox sign JD Martinez after long pursuit
His salary is $20 million each year from 2018-22 and would be $13 million annually from 2023-25 if he doesn't terminate the deal. He also doesn't have much to provide in the outfield, posting a awful -7.7 UZR previous year .

Trump endorses Mitt Romney for Senate
Among other things, Trump said there was blame "on both sides", causing many to condemn the president's response to the violence. Headlines about President Donald Trump's endorsement of former rival Mitt Romney in his Utah Senate race drip with irony.

Schools on Lockdown in Jackson Township, Ohio, After Gunshot Reported
According to the school district's Facebook page , the student "suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound this morning". Several schools in OH are on lockdown this morning after a 7th grader reportedly shot himself, multiple sources have reported.

Buccaneers: Doug Martin has been released
He ran for 1,454 yards as a rookie, exploding on the scene out of Boise State and looking like a future franchise back. In eight games, Martin had just 421 yards on 144 carries, averaging a dismal 2.9 yards per attempt.

Police confirm 18 killed, 22 wounded in multiple bomb blast in Borno
Victims with minor injuries were taken to local hospitals, the PM News reported citing the State Emergency Management Agency. About 17 persons have been killed while 50 injured following multiple explosions that hit Borno State, North-east Nigeria .

Entire family removed from Carnival Legend cruise ship over violent brawl
She also said members of the family were involved in other incidents during the cruise, but declined to elaborate. The video footage shows security staff pinning one man to the ground as a woman's screams ring through the deck .

Amy Schumer's Stunning Wedding Dress Is At Nordstrom
She shared a pic featuring the two of them packing some PDA while at Ellen DeGeneres' 60th birthday bash on February 10. A comedian officiated the ceremony, and the pair read their own vows.

After 'kind of puking,' Shiffrin in 4th after 1st slalom run
The race was initially scheduled to be held on Wednesday (February 14) before strong winds forced the postponement of the event. There is not much tactics that goes into it. "I was just screaming, 'Yes!' Or something like this", Hansdotter said, smiling.

Haverhill urges flu shots after girl's death
This kind of virus tends to cause more suffering and have been responsible for the worst recent flu seasons. But the strains used for the immunization can adapt to the egg and become less effective against the flu.