Yisrael Beytenu remains defiant despite corruption probe

Yisrael Beytenu expressed certainty that its officials were innocent as police began investigating Deputy Interior Minister Faina Kirschenbaum, among others, on suspicion of corruption Wednesday.
"Like in every election campaign since Yisrael Beytenu was founded in 1999, once again the police did not give up on high-profile arrests and investigations against our party's officials," a party spokesman said after the gag order on the probe was lifted.
"The fact that this happened, once again, during an election proves more than anything else the intentions of those standing behind [the investigation], which is meant to harm Yisrael Beytenu."
The spokesman for Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman's party expressed certainty that the party's officials are innocent.
"Just like in the previous times, after the media noise quiets down, it will be clear that there is nothing behind the reports except for the desire to harm Yisrael Beytenu, which will not succeed," he added.
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