Ex-Netanyahu aide tells court: He tried to rob state funds for personal needs

A key witness for the prosecution in Benjamin Netanyahu’s trial alleges that the former premier tried “to rob the state’s funds for his personal needs.”

Former Netanyahu family spokesman and confidant Nir Hefetz tells the Jerusalem District Court that he had tried to warn the then-premier that he was crossing the boundaries of legality.

Hefetz is speaking of the so-called Case 1000, involving suspicions Netanyahu illicitly accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gifts from two billionaires — Hollywood-based Israeli movie mogul Arnon Milchan and Australian magnate James Packer.

Nir Hefetz seen as he arrives for a court hearing at the District Court in Jerusalem on December 1, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Hefetz says there were “dozens” of similar cases in which the former premier “was roaming in criminal areas.”

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