Report: Former Netanyahu aide questioned in new probe

The report said that police are checking how Netanyahu aides raised around NIS 140,000 for a campaign to prevent former Prime Minister Ehud Barak from making a political comeback.

August 1, 2016 20:28
Netanyahu and Barak

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) speaks with Defense Minister Ehud Barak at the Knesset, June 8, 2009.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Police have questioned a former aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding a new investigation into fund-raising for an alleged smear campaign in the Arab sector aimed at Ehud Barak, Channel 10 reported Monday night.

The report said that police are checking how Netanyahu’s aides raised GBP 28,000 (around NIS 140,000) for a campaign to prevent the former prime minister from making a political comeback.

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Barak has in recent months repeatedly criticized Netanyahu, both in Israel and abroad, for his and his government’s running of the country. He has also met with Netanyahu’s rival and former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon, who is currently planning a comeback in time for the next general election.

Anti-fraud police from the Lahav 433 unit have also raided the offices of a PR firm which works for Netanyahu.

In other news, Channel 2 reported on Monday that police are expected to close their investigation into opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union).

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