Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walking after speaking against the alleged corruption charges against him.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Here are four new revelations from the charge sheet that Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit issued on Thursday as he announced a decision of his intention to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of birbery, fraud and breach of trust.
1. On December 4, 2014 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Yediot Ahronot owner Arnon (Noni) Mozes. Mozes offered Netanyahu positive media coverage and to attack Netanyahu rivals Naftali Bennett and Moshe Kahlon with 'all of my efforts'.
Netanyahu described to Mozes how he will pass a law which will weaken Yisrael Hayom
and empower Mozes. The prosecution says that is the moment when Netanyahu broke the law. Also, after the fifth of six meetings with Mozes, Netanyahu met with Yisrael Hayom
owner Sheldon Adelson and asked for his help to carry out what he had promised to Mozes.
2. In Case 4000 - in which Netanyahu is accused of receiving positive coverage from Walla!
In exchange for helping Walla!'s
owner make NIS 680 million - he allegedly ordered top aide Nir Hefetz not to pass on requests for articles by his wife Sara, and his son Yair to be published on Walla!
until after he personally reviewed them.
Netanyahu has denied that he knew about Sara and Yair’s activities. The order to Hefetz is Mandelblit’s evidence that Netanyahu knew everything, including planting negative stories against New Right leader Naftali Bennett and his family, President Reuven Rivlin and others.
3. We thought top Netanyahu aide Shlomo Filber was only involved in the Case 4000 Bezeq-Walla! media bribery affair. But Netanyahu is accused of summoning Filber late at night as a middleman to advance billionaire Arnon Milchan's interests in investing in the Keshet channel after Milchan gave Netanyahu hundreds of thousands of shekels worth of gifts.
4. Netanyahu allegedly received from Milchan NIS 267,254 in cigars, 199,819 in champagne bottles and 10,900 to Sara for jewelry. The prosecution said Netanyahu knew about all of this, including gifts to Sara which he denied knowing about. Netanyahu also allegedly summoned IDF Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot to provide Milchin an IDF helicopter to go to Jordan for business. Netanyahu’s lawyers have told the Jerusalem Post
that this was for businessman Ratan Tata to advance deals with Jordan and not for Milchan. But the prosecution says that Netanyahu also met with Milchan's accountant, Zeev Feldman, to ensure that the Milchan's business plans advancing as expected.
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