Netanyahu's former aide to testify in bribery case

Netanyahu under investigation
Israeli PM Netanyahu downplays ex-aide's decision to testify in graft cases

08 August, 2017

The Supreme Court accepted the appeal submitted by investigative reporter Raviv Drucker, deciding that Netanyahu must release call logs detailing the times of his discussions with top Israel Hayom representatives, including Adelson and the former editor-in-chief Amos Regev.

The evening also saw a few hundred supporters of Netanyahu's Likud Party launch a counter-protest in the prime minister's defense, necessitating the deployment of dozens of police officers to maintain order between the opposing sides. He served as Netanyahu's bureau chief in the prime minister's office in 2008 and was appointed as his chief of staff in 2014. Another investigation, Case 3000, centers on potential misdealings in a multi-billion shekel deal to purchase naval vessels from Germany.

The second investigation, "File 2000", reportedly concerns Netanyahu's alleged attempts to strike a deal with publisher Arnon Mozes of the Yediot Ahronot newspaper group to promote legislation to weaken Yediot's main competitor in exchange for more favorable coverage of Netanyahu by Yediot.

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"Case 3000" involves a $1.5 billion deal to acquire three additional submarines for the Israeli Navy from the German manufacturer ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). Germany postponed the submarine deal due to the investigation.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must disclose the dates and lengths of the phone conversations he had with billionaire American Sheldon Adelson, publisher of the pro-Netanyahu daily newspaper Israel Hayom. Add to these the sordid "Bottlegate" affair in which his penny-pinching wife kept the deposits from drinks bottles used for official affairs at the prime minister's residence, as well as allegations of misuse of state funds to remodel his private residency in the posh community of Caesarea, and it may be said that he has had quite a colorful career.

Even if eventually indicted, Netanyahu would not be obliged by law to resign. The US-born Israeli was one of Netanyahu's most trusted aides.

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