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Netanyahu's Associates Named In Telecom Corruption Probe

Netanyahu's Associates Named In Telecom Corruption Probe

They were detained as part of a new investigation that focuses, in part, on claims that Netanyahu secured more favorable coverage on a top news site by indirectly helping its finances.

Netanyahu, 68, has rejected all the allegations, and released a new video on his Facebook page late Tuesday strongly denying any wrongdoing.

Elovitch is accused of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

According to lsraeli police the indictment comes after months of investigation into two corruption cases involving Netanyahu who seems rather unperturbed by the allegations.

Responding to the allegations, Netanyahu slammed the police probe against him is "like Swiss cheese" full of holes, stressing that the truth would eventually come out. "I'm continuing to work for the good of the country", he said.

Netanyahu is desperate to discredit the investigations, and meets every accusation with a strong denial. His relationship with Netanyahu is a particular point of interest.

Israel's police chief, Roni Alsheikh, said Tuesday that the police recommendations were coordinated with the attorney general and were handled in a professional manner.

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But with those closest to him under intense police and public scrutiny, and his typically loyal political allies suddenly turning silent, Netanyahu faces the stiffest challenge yet to his lengthy rule. Mr Netanyahu described the claim as "hallucinatory".

A gag order prevented publishing any details of the deal. But this could turn out to be small fry compared to the case that prompted arrests this week.

Zionist Suspended Communications Ministry Director-General Shlomo Filber, who for a time was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-hand man, will serve as a "state" witness in an investigation delving into the alleged quid pro quo relationship between the premier and his associates and senior Bezeq and Walla! In a new twist to the case, Filber and another Netanyahu aide were detained earlier this week as investigators probe whether the ministry helped Bezeq in exchange for positive coverage of Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, on the company's Walla! news outlet.

"As part of the investigation, suspicions accumulated on felonies concerning ethics, fraud, money laundering and securities violations, conducted over extended periods of time, frequently and systematically as part of relationships between Bezeq executives and public servants and their associates", police said on Tuesday. And police reportedly suspect that this led to government moves that resulted in huge gains by Bezeq.

But if Netanyahu expects to make it to Israel's next elections in November 2019, he could be sorely mistaken.

Israeli daily newspaper Maariv reported that Hefetz approached a high-ranking judge and offered to advance their candidacy for attorney general in exchange for dropping a case against Sara Netanyahu, the wife of the Prime Minister.

THE TELECOM Mr. Elovitch, who had long shared ownership of the Yes satellite network with Bezeq, Israel's biggest telecommunications company, bought a controlling stake in Bezeq itself in 2010.


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