Netanyahu's Corruption Scandal Deepening?
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
Netanyahu is a world class thug, an unindicted war criminal. Investigations into his civil wrongdoing in one respect resembles former Chicago underworld figure Al Capone.
The Feds couldn't get him for bumping off rivals, racketeering, bootlegging, prostitution or gambling.
They nailed him for income tax evasion, imprisoning him in Atlanta, Alcatraz, and Terminal Island, California, ending up ill and a shadow of his former self.
Netanyahu won't be convicted of war crimes and major human rights abuses. Maybe he'll go down for bribery, breach of trust, and alleged criminality connected to so-called Case 4000.
Police suspect Walla news owner/controlling shareholder of Bezeq telecommunications company Shaul Elovitch ordered favorable coverage of Netanyahu on his news site in return for benefits arranged for Bezeq.
Israeli communications ministry director general Shlomo Filber, appointed by Netanyahu, is accused of illicitly letting Bezeq buy shares of satellite cable provider YES.
So far, possible indictments haven't touched the prime minister. Analyst Amnon Abramovich believes the case potentially has "explosive…surprises."
Walla news CEO Ilan Yeshua said he faced intense pressure to suppress negative news about Netanyahu, along with reporting positively about his wife Sara.
She's expected to be indicted for using public funds for personal use - charged with fraud and breach of trust. It runs in the family.
Earlier, Jerusalem's Labor Court found her guilty of subjecting former employee Guy Eliyahu to humiliating treatment. Judge Dita Pruginin fined her around $30,000 in damages.
Israel's Channel 10 reported that taxation and finance prosecution official Liat Ben Ari, overseeing criminal investigations into the prime minister's alleged wrongdoing, said he agreed with police recommending he be indicted.
He's been investigated for over a year, police saying damning evidence about his wrongdoing warrants indictment.
Attorney general Mandelblit so far held off. It's his call whether to pursue criminal charges or let Netanyahu off the hook.
Public anger is expressed in weekly protests demanding the "crime minister" step down.
No so far. Maybe Netanyahu's days in office are numbered, his nine lives exhausted.
He denies wrongdoing. He's holding on for dear life to stay in office.
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