Israeli police have recommended that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu be indicted on three separate corruption cases. According to Harvard Law Professor-emeritus Alan Dershowitz, there does not seem to be enough evidence to convict the Prime Minister for corruption in at least one of the cases.
The case referred to as Case 2000 surrounds allegations that the Prime Minister negotiated with the publisher of Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronoth, in order to receive better coverage in the press. In return he would help the publisher, Arnon Mozes, with a number of issues to his benefit.
According to Dershowitz, this is the kind of thing that all politicians do anyway and there isn’t enough evidence to convict the Prime Minister for wrongdoings.
In an interview with Army Radio on Thursday, Dershowitz said: “There is not enough proof of a criminal offense. I think it is very dangerous to start indicting people based on negotiations with newspapers. That’s what politicians do. To start interfering in the relationship between media and the government poses a tremendous danger to free speech and a tremendous danger to democracy.”
In the third case against the Prime Minister known as Case 4000, Netanyahu is suspected of corrupt and illegal activity in pushing forward regulatory decisions as Communications Minister and Prime Minister between 2015 – 2017 that would benefit Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder of Bezeq. Netanyahu would in return get favorable coverage on Walla a Bezeq owned news site.
All three files are currently sitting with the Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit, who has to determine whether or not to press charges against the Prime Minister.
It is unclear as to whether Mandelblit will announce a decision prior to the election on April 9th. However, Israeli media reported that even should the Attorney General decide to press charges, the Prime Minister will not resign nor drop out of candidacy for Prime Minister in the upcoming elections even if he were already in a criminal trial.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)