PM gifts probe could drag on for many months — report
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PM gifts probe could drag on for many months — report

Police said to be seeking further inquiries abroad; significant progress noted in submarine investigation, though Netanyahu not currently implicated

US billionaire businessman Sheldon Adelson (L) meets with Benjamin Netanyahu during a ceremony at the Congress Hall in Jerusalem, August 12, 2007. (Flash90)
US billionaire businessman Sheldon Adelson (L) meets with Benjamin Netanyahu during a ceremony at the Congress Hall in Jerusalem, August 12, 2007. (Flash90)

The investigation into Case 1000, a probe into allegations that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received gifts worth thousands of shekels illegally from millionaires and billionaires, may take many more months to complete, Channel 2 reported Friday.

According to a report aired Friday evening, police are seeking to carry out 10 additional judicial inquiries abroad in connection with the case, a process that could drag out. So far police have conducted five such inquiries, the report said.

Channel 2 reported that there was also little progress in Case 2000, in which police are investigating an alleged quid pro quo deal between Netanyahu and Arnon Mozes, publisher of the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

Netanyahu and Mozes are suspected of hatching a deal under which the prime minister would advance legislation to reduce the free, pro-Netanyahu Israel Hayom daily’s circulation in exchange for more favorable coverage from Yedioth.

Billionaire casino magnate and Netanyahu ally Sheldon Adelson, who owns Israel Hayom, reportedly told Israeli police in May that he and Netanyahu never discussed such a deal.

Channel 2 reported that there has been significant progress in Case 3000, in which investigators are looking into alleged corruption in Israel’s deal to purchase submarines from Germany.

According to the station, the investigation is pointing to suspicions of deep-seated corruption in the decision-making process of the multi-million dollar deal, but that while Netanyahu’s lawyer David Shimron remains under suspicion, the prime minister currently appears to be in the clear.

Netanyahu has consistently denied any wrongdoing in the various probes.

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