Israel's Netanyahu May Be Probed by Police over Fraud Allegations


It has been reported that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will once again be questioned by police with regards to his involvement in what is known as the "1000 file".

Horev was targeted by Netanyahu in a scathing and unprecedented Facebook post last month criticizing the police for what he called "illegal leaks" from two ongoing investigations he is now a criminal suspect in. It found the Horev breached his contract.

In a statement, the Israeli police said Netanyahu had been interrogated for "several hours" in his Jerusalem residence.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu's personal attorney, who is also his cousin, represented the German firm involved and is suspected of trading his influence over the prime minister in return for a hefty cut of the deal.

The police questioning on Sunday would be the sixth time Netanyahu has face investigators in recent months.

Case 1000 revolves around alleged illicit gifts given to Netanyahu and his family by billionaire benefactors, most notably hundreds of thousands of shekels' worth of cigars and champagne from the Israeli-born Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan.

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In the other case, he is suspected of allegedly making secret deals to receive favorable coverage in Yediot Aharonot, one of Israel's largest daily newspapers.

Netanyahu has consistently denied any wrongdoing and says he has been the target of a campaign by political opponents, openly criticising the media and "left-wing" groups.

Leaked suspicions, transcripts, witness testimonies and even photos provided to police by Netanyahu have frequently appeared in the Hebrew media since the investigations were opened in January.

Earlier this month, the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee held a special meeting on the topic, after which committee chairman MK David Amsalem (Likud) said: "A strategic adviser to the police chief is constantly speaking against MKs and ministers on Twitter".

Horev claimed that some officials are trying to sabotage and delegitimize the police and its actions.