The investigation into Netanyahu’s alleged corruption continues as he faced a fourth round of questioning by police.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was questioned under caution by police on Monday for the fourth time in recent months at his official residence in Jerusalem over suspicions that he received illegal gifts.
The questioning session lasted for more than four hours, and was interrupted by a phone call from President Donald Trump, during which the two leaders discussed the Iranian threat.
The session focused on a probe known as Case 1000, which involves the alleged receiving of expensive gifts from rich supporters, particularly from Israeli-born movie mogul Arnon Milchan, possibly in return for favors.
He was also questioned about Case 2000, which involves a pact between Netanyahu and Yedioth Aharonoth publisher Noni Mozes. The prime minister allegedly proposed to use his power to weaken Yedioth’s main rival, Israel Hayom, through the passage of a law curbing the latter’s distribution in return for more positive coverage of the Netanyahu government in Yedioth.
While Case 2000 has not yielded sufficient materials to lead to an indictment, Israel’s NRG news site estimates Case 1000 can lead to Netanyahu’s indictment.
Netanyahu was last questioned by police at the end of January. This round is not expected to be the last.
Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh said the investigation of the prime minister is in its final stages. “Let us work. We will carry through with our duty and we will update the public when we have come to conclusions,” he stated on Monday.
Netanyahu has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, claiming the allegations are a witch hunt by a hostile media against him and his family.
By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News