Gag order placed on all probes into Netanyahu corruption suspicions

Claudine Rigal
Août 3, 2017

Also on Thursday, Israeli forces shut down the main entrance to the village of Wadi Fukin, to the west of Bethlehem in the West Bank, due to the Israeli prime minister's visit to a nearby illegal settlement.

Netanyahu responded to the claims in a statement and affirmed that claims against him were false, explaining the case was "doomed to fail because there will be nothing because there was nothing".

Israeli police submitted on Thursday a gag-order preventing Israeli media from discussing the details of two ongoing investigations involving Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu.

The recording was made by Ari Harow at the request of Netanyahu. Police has recommended he be indicted on those offenses, but the Attorney General has yet to file formal charges.

Police have been questioning Netanyahu for months over corruption allegations for allegedly receiving gifts from high-powered Hollywood and business figures and separately over secret talks with the publisher of Yediot Ahronot, a major Israeli newspaper, for positive coverage in exchange for diminishing the impact of a free pro-Netanyahu daily in 2014.

Speaking during a ceremony at the Supreme Court, Mendelblit said "we're making progress" and that the prosecution was "working with the police" on getting, Netanyahu's former chief of staff, to become state witness.

The investigations have stirred Israeli politics and led to speculation over whether Netanyahu will eventually be forced to step down.

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