New ma­te­rial re­vealed in PM probe, but no dra­matic de­vel­op­ments fore­seen

State wit­ness Nir He­fetz pro­vided new record­ings in­clud­ing of Sara and Yair Ne­tanyahu

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By TA­MARA ZIEVE

New ma­te­ri­als in Case 2000 are not ex­pected to re­sult in any dra­matic de­vel­op­ments con­cern­ing Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by a se­nior law-en­force­ment of­fi­cial to Kan ra­dio on Thurs­day.

Nir He­fetz, a state wit­ness in an­other probe against Ne­tanyahu and for­mer spokesman for the Ne­tanyahu fam­ily, re­vealed Wed­nes­day new record­ings in Case 2000, which will re­sult in a fresh round of ques­tion­ing of Ne­tanyahu, as well as MK Ei­tan Ca­bel, af­ter prob­lems of re­li­a­bil­ity were found in the ver­sion of events the lat­ter gave when sum­moned to tes­tify as part of the cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In 2014, Ca­bel ini­ti­ated the “Is­rael Hayom bill” that would have out­lawed the dis­tri­bu­tion of free news­pa­pers, in­clud­ing the pro-Ne­tanyahu news­pa­per Is­rael Hayom. Case 2000 probes an al­leged ar­range­ment be­tween Ne­tanyahu and Ye­diot Ahronot pub­lisher Arnon Mozes to weaken Is­rael Hayom in ex­change for bet­ter cov­er­age of him in Ye­diot Ahronot.

A few weeks ago, At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Avichai Man­del­blit ap­proved the re­open­ing of Case 2000 fol­low­ing the in­for­ma­tion re­ceived from He­fetz.

The new ma­te­ri­als pro­vided by He­fetz in­clude record­ings of Sara and Yair Ne­tanyahu, Kan re­ported.

About three weeks ago, Kan re­ported that the State Pros­e­cu­tor’s Of­fice had be­gun com­plet­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into cases 1000 and 2000, in­clud­ing sum­mon­ing wit­nesses, fol­low­ing an of­fi­cial re­quest by the State At­tor­ney’s Of­fice. This was due to in­for­ma­tion re­ceived from var­i­ous state wit­nesses.

Case 1000 re­lates to gifts given by bil­lion­aires Arnon Milchan and James Packer to Ben­jamin and Sara Ne­tanyahu, in­clud­ing ex­pen­sive cigars, cham­pagne and other gifts worth a to­tal of some NIS 1 mil­lion over sev­eral years. The prime min­is­ter had ad­mit­ted to hav­ing re­ceived those gifts and that he un­der­took var­i­ous acts to as­sist Milchan in var­i­ous busi­ness and per­sonal ar­eas, but he de­nies any con­nec­tion be­tween the gifts and the as­sis­tance he gave Milchan.



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