The decision to go public with an investigation into allegations of corruption among high-ranking members of the Yisrael Beytenu party had nothing to do with the upcoming election, National Police Commissioner Inspector General Yochanan Danino said Monday.
“The timing of the decision to go public, after more than a year shows that we planned this long before the date of the elections was set,” Danino said, adding that the arrests were made last Wednesday, and the gag order lifted “after we collected evidence that was strong enough and due to professional considerations.”
Officials within Yisrael Beytenu, including party head Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman have alleged that the publication of the case and the arrests are part of an effort by his party’s enemies to hurt their chances in the coming election.
Speaking at a conference at the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa, Danino called on his officers to ignore such claims.
“I want to send a message to all those investigators taking part in the case; ignore the background noise, focus on the professional work you do and the path you are on."