Israeli prosecutors dismiss charges against Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli prosecutors on Sunday issued an amended indictment making detailed allegations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a corruption case in which he is accused of doing business with a powerful media mogul.

Netanyahu has been charged with fraud, breach of trust and bribe in three corruption cases. One of them alleged that Netanyahu publicized the multimillion-dollar rules to the owner of the Bezek Telecom company in exchange for positive coverage on his popular Vallela news site.

In response to Netanyahu’s attorneys’ request for more details, Israeli prosecutors issued a letter Sunday alleging Valla had 315 incidents to make his coverage more favorable to Netanyahu and his family. it was done. He said there were indications that Netanyahu was personally involved in 150 of those incidents.

It added that the requests included giving more time or prominence to positive articles about Netanyahu and his family, changing headlines and removing fewer or even unfavorable stories. It also included Netanyahu’s alleged requests for negative coverage of rivals.

The document listed all 315 suspicious incidents, including allegedly publishing flattering articles and photos of Netanyahu’s wife Sarah, attempting to hide reports of embarrassing expenses and personal information about the Netanyahu family and embarrassing their rivals Several requests were included. It was cited as Bezek’s controlling shareholder at the time, with Saul Elovich expressing concern that Netanyahu would not approve lucrative business deals for the company when negative articles were published.

For example, on 17–19, 2013, a Netanyahu aide persuaded Elovich to publish stories saying that the wife of Nfteli Bennett, the head of a rival religious party, worked in a non-kosher restaurant. Several weeks later, Netanyahu, through the same aides, allegedly pressured Valha that his wife removed critical articles about a lacey dress she wore at the swearing-in ceremony of the new parliament and replaced it with favorable reviews . The site agreed to both requests, it said.

On another occasion, Elovich, at Netanyahu’s request, allegedly ordered Walla to stop a live broadcast of a rally by Netanyahu’s opponents during the country’s 2015 election campaign.

Netanyahu’s trial began last year and is scheduled to resume next month. He denies all charges against him, stating that he is the victim of a witch hunt by hostile media, police and prosecutors.


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