For the 12th time, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to be questioned by police this time around over the so-called cases “1000” and “2000”. The overall decision might take long months, potentially after another round of elections.
The first case revolves around allegations that Netanyahu and his family members received extravagant gifts like cigars, champagne, and jewelry valued at $285,000 from wealthy businessmen, among them Australian billionaire James Packer and Israeli businessman and film producer Arnon Milchan.
Netanyahu is suspected to have promoted the “Milchan Law” to extend tax exemptions for returning Israeli citizens who live abroad, to have lobbied the State Department to secure Milchan’s U.S Residency Visa and to have intervened in favor of Milchan’s business interests.
Case “2000” alleges that Netanyahu sought a quid pro quo deal with Arnon Mozes, the publisher of Israeli newspaper “Yedioth Ahronoth”, to weaken rival newspaper “Israel Hayom” in exchange for positive coverage. Police have recommended an indictment in both cases.
The decision might take long months
It was in August when Netanyahu last met police investigators at his Jerusalem residence. The focus was on a third case, dubbed case “4000”, also revolving around a media-related quid pro quo deal with the owner of news website Walla, Shaul Elovitch, for favorable coverage.
In the aftermath of that questioning, Netanyahu said he’s confident case “4000” had officially collapsed, saying that the coverage of Netanyahu on Walla during the time of Elovitch remained as negative as it was before, and hadn’t changed in the slightest.
The Attorney General who has the final say as for whether to indict Netanyahu or not wants to make one overall decision in all three cases. And that might take long months, potentially after another round of elections is held. And as it appears now, Netanyahu is nowhere near losing.