Netanyahu Facing Indictment: “Israeli FBI” Recommends Prosecution in Bribery case
While the world is focused on the revelations and scandals taking place here in the United States surrounding President Trump another political and potentially criminal drama has been unfolding in Israel. After months speculation the Israeli police have finally recommended that its country’s attorney general should indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu on bribery and corruption charges on Sunday. The scandal is known as "Case 4000."
By James DiGeorgia
For the third time in a year in "Case 4000" Israel’s police recommended Netanyahu should be indicted for bribery. The previous recommendations of indictments were related to…
· Prime Minister Netanyahu is allegedly taking "gifts" worth $200,000 from businessmen in return for quick pro quo to promote their interests.
· An alleged quick quo pro bribery deal between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Arnon Mozes, the publisher of Israel's largest newspaper and an archenemy of Sheldon Adelson ("Case 2000"). However, the allegations in "Case 4000" are the gravest of all the corruption investigations against Netanyahu.
“Case 4000” has become a national crisis in Israel as its national police ‘elite unit "Lahav 433," the Israeli equivalent of the FBI, and Israeli Securities Authority which began in February 2018.
According to Lahav 433, Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife took bribes from Shaul Elovitz, a telecommunications tycoon who controls Israel's biggest telecom company, Bezeq.
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The “Case 4000” scandal has its beginnings at the time Prime Minister Netanyahu was also the telecom minister and allegedly gave Elovitz regulatory benefits worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Netanyahu and his wife now stand accused of demanding positive coverage by one of Israel's major news websites Walla, which is owned by Elovitz.
While Israeli attorney general Netanyahu is now facing charges for taking bribes, fraud, breach of trust and acceptance under pretenses, his wife Sara Netanyahu be indicted for taking bribes, fraud, breach of trust and obstruction of justice.
Prime Minister Netanyahu denies the allegations saying …
"The police recommendations about my wife and me don’t surprise anybody — and so is the timing of their publication. Those recommendations were leaked before the investigation even started. The police recommendations have no legal standing, and the attorney general rejected previous police recommendations regarding other politicians. I am sure that after the authorized officials examine the issue, they will conclude there was nothing."
Israeli opposition leaders continue to attack Netanyahu, insisting he is corrupt and contours the call for his resignation. In many ways, the scandal is very similar to the Trump Russian scandal here in the United States in that Netanyahu political party “the Likud” are backing him 100% by attacking the police, and defending him.