What We Can Tell You about the New Netanyahu Graft Case Roiling ’Israel’
The ‘Israeli' press and political establishment have obsessed over Case 1000 and Case 2000 - cigars and champagne and the deal with Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes - while ignoring Case 4000 as an obscure matter involving securities violations at Bezeq, the "Israeli" dominant telecommunications company.
But the fact that the so-called "Israel" Securities Authority handed the file over to the police for further investigation and that top Bezeq executives and senior government officials were arrested and questioned Sunday now gives Case 4000 the infamy that it deserves.
It means that the allegations are no longer just about securities-law violations, such as those relating to corporate governance, fraud, insider trading and false reporting. They now encompass suspicions of crimes such as bribery, fraud and breach of trust. The suspicions come dangerously close to Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has not yet been questioned in the case or considered a criminal suspect.
"This is the strongest case of all the cases, with the most explosive potential," said investigative journalist Amnon Abramovich on the "Israel" Television News Company's "Ulpan Shishi" program Friday night.
Additionally, Haaretz reported on the growing volume of evidence piling up in the case.
At least two senior Zionist officials close to Netanyahu allegedly worked behind the scenes to influence regulations in Bezeq's favor. These officials supposedly pressured the Communications Ministry to promote regulatory measures that would benefit Bezeq, including the approval of Bezeq's acquisition of the satellite television broadcaster Yes.
The two as-yet unnamed officials now join Shlomo Filber, the former director general of the Communications Ministry and a close confidant of Netanyahu who was suspended from his post because of the ‘security' authority's investigation.
Source: Haaretz, Edited by website team