Mossad chief purchased $500 worth of cigars for Netanyahu, witness claims

Klein claimed that Cohen told her Netanyahu never paid him back for the cigars.

July 4, 2019 21:31
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen allegedly bought Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cigars at the sum of $500, a new testimony by key witness Hadas Klein suggests, Channel 12 reported on Thursday.

At the time of the alleged incident, Cohen was not the head of the Mossad but a national security adviser. It is unlikely that he committed a crime even if he did give cigars to the prime minister.

Klein claimed that Cohen told her Netanyahu never paid him back for the cigars.

The office of the prime minister called the accusation “false and delusional,” while Cohen also denied ever giving gifts to the prime minster. 

Netanyahu is facing indictment from Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit for fraud, bribery and breech of trust. In one of the cases against him,
known as Case 1000 or the "Illegal Gifts Affair," Netanyahu is accused of receiving extravagant gifts and subjecting himself to bribery.

Netanyahu and his family are alleged to have received gifts of a total value of NIS 1 million, which included cigars, champagne and jewelry.

According to reports on Israeli TV in January, the gifts included Cohiba Siglo V cigars, which are reportedly the prime minister's favorite type, and Dom Pérignon.  

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