Israeli police question PM Netanyahu in corruption probe

USA billionaire and World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder has been among those questioned in the probe over gifts he allegedly gave Netanyahu and alleged spending on trips for him, Israeli media reported.

The Israeli public radio reported that three investigators arrived around 6:30 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. GMT) at Netanyahu's residence, located in an upscale neighborhood in central Jerusalem and the questioning would take several hours, according to the local press.

In the spring, Netanyahu and Putin met in Moscow and discussed cooperation on dealing with the Syrian crisis, including preventing clashes between the two country's air forces over Syria.

Netanyahu was re-elected prime minister in 2009.

There are also calls for Netanyahu to be investigated for his role in a billion-dollar deal to purchase three submarines from German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH. Mr. Netanyahu was questioned "under warning" which generally signals there is sufficient evidence in the case and a criminal indictment is likely.

Either way, we hope Israel eventually makes good on his two-decade old promise to stop relying on America to subsidize its military (especially if it is proven that Israel is spending billions of dollars on military equipment it doesn't need exclusively to benefit Netanyahu and his cronies).

Police and Netanyahu's office declined to comment on Monday.

The probe then looked at whether they unlawfully kept gifts presented to Netanyahu during his first term as Prime Minister from 1996 and 1999.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit in July said he ordered a preliminary examination into an unspecified affair involving the Israeli premier, although no details were provided to the public.

In a Facebook post at the weekend, Netanyahu rejected all allegations against him and said his political opponents and some news outlets wanted to bring down his government.

Netanyahu is reportedly being investigated over two issues, according to a story by Haaretz on Tuesday.

In the Independent, a spokesman for the Israeli prime minister stated the whole thing is "all nonsense". Those involved in it, though, said that the investigation's focus could change if it turns out that Netanyahu reciprocated these benefits in some way.



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