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Netanyahu again faces Israeli police in corruption probe


On Monday, police questioned Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, for an investigation into whether his government improperly awarded benefits to Israel's largest telecom company, Bezeq, an official source told media on condition of anonymity after inspectors arrived at the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem on Monday. Officers also sought a statement from the Netanyahu's oldest son, Yair.

In what authorities call Case 4,000, investigators believe that Netanyahu may have sought favorable coverage from Walla, a news site owned by Shaul Elovitch, Bezeq's largest shareholder, in exchange for regulatory kickbacks to benefit the telecom.

Netanyahu, who served as his own communications minister from November 2014 to February 2017 — a period in which Walla's coverage of the prime minister became noticeably favorable — says he didn't influence regulatory decisions regarding Bezeq. Officials from the telecom, too, deny wrongdoing.

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