Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
The accountability watchdog group Ometz filed a complaint with the police on
Sunday over the alleged theft several years ago of hundreds of documents from
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s private archives.
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The documents are
suspected of having been stolen from Netanyahu’s Tel Aviv office sometime during
his term as opposition leader in 2005-2009. Netanyahu never lodged a police
complaint about the theft.
Ometz learned about the theft from legal
reporter Yoav Yitzhak, who wrote that the documents, which include all of
Netanyahu’s public and private travel records, were stolen and transferred to
Channel 10 investigative reporter Raviv Druker.
Two weeks ago, Druker’s
broke a story about Netanyahu’s travel expenses being sponsored by
wealthy foreign associates, in the years after his first term as prime minister.
Last week, he claimed the prime minister and his wife, Sara, had double-billed
for a trip to the US five years ago.
The information presented on the
show suggested possible ethical violations and sparked lively political debate,
which ended in the state comptroller initiating an investigation into the travel
practices of all presidents, ministers, deputy ministers and opposition leaders
who served in the last two governments.
Ometz director-general Aryeh
Avneri, wrote to the police that since neither Netanyahu nor anyone on his
behalf had lodged a complaint, they were requesting to lodge one of their
Meanwhile, Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein intends to inform
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman sometime this week whether he intends to
indict him on corruption charges, Ma’ariv
reported on Sunday.
has stated publicly on several occasions that if Weinstein recommends an
indictment he will quit his posts as foreign minister and Israel Beiteinu
leader, but only after a hearing that might not take place for several
He has also insisted repeatedly that he would keep Israel
Beiteinu in the coalition.
The party will hold a convention on Wednesday
in which it will demand the toppling of the Hamas regime in the Gaza
The attorney-general’s office declined comment.