Israeli Police Question Netanyahu in Corruption Cases

FILE - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara are seen arriving for Likud party primary elections in Jerusalem in a December 31, 2014, photo.

According to the report, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and other transition team officials "have been aggressively courting Netanyahu and want him to attend the January 20 festivities". Authorities allege that the prime minister received illicit gifts from businessmen.

Netanyahu's office said he had received $40,000 in contributions from Mimran in 2001, when he was not in office, as part of a fund for public activities, including appearances overseas to promote Israel. "I call upon all those involved from the Office of the Prime Minister to the Office of the Attorney General: let's finish this without any foot-dragging".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone to discuss the conflict in Syria and security cooperation.

Large black screens were mounted around the prime minister's residence in an upscale area of Jerusalem on Monday night in an apparent bid to shield from view the arrival and departure of investigators.

"I want to tell them to wait for the celebrations".

On Tuesday Netanyahu repeated the mantra he has been saying for months about the investigations: "There will be nothing, because there is nothing".

His predecessor, former prime minister Ehud Olmert, was forced to resign in 2008 as he was about to be indicted on corruption charges.

According to media reports, the investigation was conducted under caution, meaning Netanyahu was investigated as a suspect. He says police have obtained sufficient evidence to justify questioning the prime minister.

Netanyahu has served as premier for a total of almost 11 years, fast approaching revered founding father David Ben-Gurion's 13, and shown himself to be a shrewd politician. And if enough evidence is found to press criminal charges, he would also not be the first Israeli leader to have a run-in with the law either.

It is unclear if and how the current investigation is linked to a number of cases involving reported financial impropriety by Netanyahu and his family.

Local media believe police are questioning the Prime Minister about allegations that he accepted gifts from businessmen. He is now in his fourth term, and will become Israel's longest-serving leader if he stays in office until the end of next year.

It has also been confirmed that another billionaire, American-Jewish cosmetics mogul Ron Lauder, was questioned by police in connection with the matter.

In the past Mr Netanyahu has been accused of spending public money on personal and housekeeping expenses.



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