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PM pays multiple visits to home of top producer, declines to comment

Netanyahu held four meetings at home of Arnon Milchan in two months, including one at which Herzog, Blair were present

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen at the weekly government conference at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem on July 12, 2015. (Emil Salman/POOL)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen at the weekly government conference at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem on July 12, 2015. (Emil Salman/POOL)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has visited the home of acclaimed American-Israeli producer Arnon Milchan in Herzliya four times since June 10, Haaretz reported Wednesday. Opposition leader Isaac Herzog and former Middle East peace envoy were present at one meeting earlier this week.

The Prime Minister’s Office declined to comment on Netanyahu’s solo meetings at Milchan’s home, according to Haaretz.

Netanyahu privately met with Milchan in Herzliya on June 10, July 9 and July 28, according to Haaretz. On Sunday, Herzog and Blair were seen at Milchan’s home along with the prime minister.

The offices of both the prime minister and the opposition leader stated that the two attended a “private farewell event for Blair” organized by Milchan, and stressed that other guests had taken part in the event as well, Haaretz reported. However, security footage shot at Milchin’s home during the event did not show any additional guests entering the building, Haaretz claimed.

Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan (screen capture: YouTube/amitost)
Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan (screen capture: YouTube/amitost)

Blair has been acting as a go-between in discussions between Israel and Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas over the release of two Israelis held captive in the Strip, according to various reports.

In 2013, Arnon Milchan — whose films include Fight Club and Pretty Woman — told Israeli television that he for years had worked secretly as an arms dealer for the Israeli defense establishment.

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