Netanyahu accomplice: I helped Sara out of mercy

Police recommended an indictment against Rubinstein on charges of serving as an intermediary in the prime minister’s alleged bribery.

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July 31, 2019 21:57
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Sara, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, arrives at a court hearing in fraud trial

Sara, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, arrives at a court hearing in the fraud trial against her. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Alleged accomplice in Case 4000 Ze’ev Rubinstein told prosecutors in his hearing on Wednesday that he tried to improve coverage of Sara Netanyahu because he felt bad that she is so hated by the Israeli public, KAN reported Wednesday.

In Case 4000, the Bezeq/Walla Affair, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who was then communications minister – and his wife, Sara, aided the Bezeq phone company and its owner Shaul Elovitch in return for positive coverage on the news website Walla that Elovitch also owned.
Rubinstein, a former senior employee at Israel Bonds who is close to the Netanyahu family, has been accused by police of serving as the intermediary between the prime minister and Elovitch. Police recommended an indictment against Rubinstein on charges of serving as an intermediary in the prime minister’s alleged bribery.


His was the first hearing among those facing pending indictments along with Netanyahu, whose hearing is set for October 2.


According to the leak from the hearing, Rubinstein sent text messages to Elovitch on 43 occasions to help the Netanyahus. The report said Rubinstein’s attorney said in the hearing that he did so out of friendship. The lawyer also claimed Rubinstein should not be charged as an accessory to bribery because Sara Netanyahu is not a public figure.


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