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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with his wife, Sara

    Walls Closing In: Corruption Allegations Against Netanyahu Mount

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    Israeli anti-corruption police interrogated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for three hours under caution at his official residence in Jerusalem on December 2, on suspicion he accepted illegal gifts from businesspeople totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    The move to question the Israeli leader is reported to have been authorized by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who decided after a preliminary nine-month long inquiry there was sufficient evidence to open a criminal investigation. 

    Key accusations are believed to have included Netanyahu accepting €1 million (US$1.1 million) from French fraudster Arnaud Mimran during his 2009 election campaign, questionable foreign trips taken between 2003 and 2005 when he was Finance Minister, and a major conflict of interest at the heart of a multibillion-dollar submarine purchase from Germany.

    In the latter case, it has been suggested Netanyahu's personal lawyer, David Shimron, simultaneously represented German submarine manufacturer ThyssenKrupp at the time of the sale.

    However, in a statement, Mandelblit said the nature of the investigation precluded him from providing full details.

    "We will consider releasing more information from time to time according to developments," the statement said.

    Commenting on the questioning on social media, Netanyahu condemned the "years of daily persecution" against him and his family, and said the investigations will turn up "nothing," and "there is nothing".

    ​He is also reported to have told a meeting of his Likud party that anyone anticipating his downfall may have to wait longer than they anticipate, and to "wait, don't rush" when it comes to "celebrations."

    David Amsalem, an MP for Netanyahu's Likud party, published a statement published in Hebrew on his Facebook page, saying there was an "enormous army" in Israel, as well as "funding from abroad", doing everything possible to oust Netanyahu and bring a "left-wing agenda to power."

    ​Netanyahu's wife Sara was questioned by the same unit for nine hours in December 2016 on the subject of misused state funds. The questioning was motivated by statements made to police by Meni Naftali, former caretaker at Beit Aghion, the official residence for the Israeli head of state in Jerusalem. That February, Naftali won a settlement against the Netanyahus for 170,000 Israeli new shekels (US$43,000) for nonpayment of overtime wages and poor treatment. 

    Authorities also revealed at the time that Gil Sheffer, former Netanyahu chief of staff, had a sexual assault complaint lodged against him.

    Netanyahu, 67, has been in power intermittently since 1996. He is currently in his fourth term, and will become Israel's longest-serving leader if he stays in office until the end of next year.

    ​Netanyahu is not the first leading Israeli politician to be questioned on 'graft' charges. 

    Ariel Sharon was questioned while in office in 2004 over corruption allegations. 

    In 2006, his son Omri was convicted of corruption and served nine months in prison. 

    In May 2015, Ehud Olmert, in office 2006 to 2009, was sentenced to 18 months in prison after being convicted of breach of trust and bribery.

    In a statement published on Facebook, Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party, said for the good of the country, he hoped the prime minister would be cleared.

    "I wish for him and his family, and the State of Israel, that we uncover there was no fault in his behavior. If two Prime Ministers in a row fall from office because of corruption, it will be very hard to rehabilitate the public's trust," he said.


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    • Igor R
      The police should definitely try waterboarding.
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      Marques rouges
      Maybe Trump will help ? Apparently Nets could well be behind the hacking and leak of the DNC emails, so, between friends...
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      Austrian Schoolin reply toMarques rouges(Show commentHide comment)
      Marques rouges, Why would Israel hack the party which is 100% representing her interests in the US? Is there a power struggle within Zionism?
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      Syria Foreverin reply toAustrian School(Show commentHide comment)
      Austrian School, Bibi is a member of the Cabal. And yes, there is a power struggle within those creatures. As it seems the bloodlines are changing "management". Just one thing. It has nothing to do with Zionism.
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      Andrew J
      Lovely couple. Joke , by the way
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toMarques rouges(Show commentHide comment)
      Marques rouges, it has been shown that the DNC leaks came from within its own ranks and from those who still had a modicum of morality.
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      Allegations until charged and then proven in a court of law are just that - allegations! You who are quick to condemn on this site and without due process, should delve a little deeper into who is doing the allegations and for what purpose before jumping on board with the Jew haters!
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      Marques rougesin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
      terryjohnodgers, One doesn't exclude the other, if you see what I mean ?
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      Marques rougesin reply toAustrian School(Show commentHide comment)
      Austrian School, Why would this party not veto the UN resolution against settlements ?

      Of course there is a struggle within, but it's nothing new.

      Netanyahu just dropped the losers who couldn't topple Assad for him, and switches sides toward the winner - Putin - through Trump who is by chance less uptight about colonization and ready to recognize Jerusalem as the new capital of lsraeI !!!
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toMarques rouges(Show commentHide comment)
      Marques rouges, so some mud throwing does stick according to you. I wonder if you were ever on the receiving end of what you knew to be unwarranted allegations, how you would react?

      All I can say is thank God our systems of justice have advanced to where the onus is on the mud throwers to prove their allegations and not the reverse because people like you would be hanging everyone who had the slightest allegation hurled at them.

      Innocent until proven guilty is our system of justice, so get used to it!
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toMarques rouges(Show commentHide comment)
      Marques rouges, and of course you can provide absolute proof of this?
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      Marques rougesin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
      terryjohnodgers, ROFL absolute proof, while MSM media are only citing "anonymous sources" ? Are you kidding !?

      This explanation makes sense, there is no argument against it, and most importantly, it answers the question : "who benefits ?"

      That's more than enough for me to re-post it here !!!
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toMarques rouges(Show commentHide comment)
      Marques rouges, you have him hanged, drawn and quartered and without due process. Such is your bias. Maybe you should listen to Julian Assange who has already told those who wish to listen that those DNC leaks implicating Clinton and others in some very criminal and sordid actions (I note no one is raising what the actual emails contain only refer to the leaking and not the content which are devastating) came from a DNC insider who decided enough was enough with the Clinton criminality.

      For what I believe are obvious reasons, Wikileaks does not disclose who their whistleblowers are.

      If Netanyahu is guilty of anything then let the police charge him and a court convict him, but until then everyone, even those you do not like, are subject to the law which is innocent until proven guilty.

      You have not provided any proof of your claim so take a chill pill because your hatred for what you believe is evil in the world blinds you to the real evil.
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      Marques rougesin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)

      Who benefits ?

      Trump is much less uptight about colonization, and ready to recognize Jerusalem as the new capital...

      They are the one with a reason to do it.

      The democrats already took their revenge by not vetoing the UN resolution,because they know who is behind the hack, but can't criticize them publicly - anyone who does it is immediately accused of anti-semantism as you trolls show to the world !

      "Blah blah blah HATRED blah blah blah take your pill blah blah blah"

      Always the same rants from these hasbara trolls !
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toMarques rouges(Show commentHide comment)
      Marques rouges, Jerusalem has always been the Jewish capital of Judea and Samaria - yet you ignore history. Why is that?

      And you still have provided no proof of what you suggest while wikileaks has provided the evidence - your allegations must then remain allegations.

      Call me all the names you like - I could care less, but If you wish to argue your points then you need to provide some evidence.

      So far, all you have shown, to me at least, is that you have no idea of what really is in play here.
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      Marques rougesin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
      terryjohnodgers, Thanks to prove my point : you are another Hasbara troll !
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toMarques rouges(Show commentHide comment)
      Marques rouges, you have only proven, especially to anyone who has been following 'our conversation', that you have not provided anything at all that can verify your accusations and for whatever reason, you choose to ignore what I have put up which is based in fact and instead, run with the Globalist narrative.

      It is the Globalists and their cabal who are our enemy, not the state of Israel.

      I am in fact sixth generation Australian, I am not a Jew. I follow Christian principles which you appear to have rejected in favor of blaming Jews for everything as they have been throughout history and that is Nazi thinking.

      I think you need to take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror.
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      Marques rougesin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)

      Who benefits from these hacks ? lsraeI ! Also the narrative of these neoconservative accusing Russia in the US media, is perfectly on tune witheir habit of accusing their victims of what they are doing ! WMD's, 9/11, Syria, etc !

      The neoconservative cabal just migrated back from the DNC to its usual Republican host !

      Clinton was useless for them, now that it appears Assad will stay president for some years and Syrian war is nearly over, nothing to gain in the middle-east with warmongering Clinton.

      Trump on the other hand, is ready to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish State, for the first time in US history ! and he isn't that uptight about the colonies on Palestinian land...

      Also Netanyahu came to visit Trump in his tower the day after the election !!!
      He was the first chief of state to meet president elect Trump, even before Trump ever met Obama in person !!! Only one reason for that personal visit to the United States for Nets ! Compliment his candidate, and remember him he was now liable to the Jewish State !!!

      Of course neither the media, nor the crooked US politicians will peep a word, but the The DNC already stroke back by not vetoing the latest UN resolution against lS settlements...

      This is the only explanation that makes sense, and every element falls into place !

      lsraeI did it.
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