Israel's Netanyahu says the Left are out to get him

Israel's Netanyahu says the Left are out to get him

The decision, handed down by the Israeli Supreme Court, was hailed as a major victory for the various factions that oppose Netanyahu and his Likud party.

One could call the current scene in Jerusalem politics as usual. "It won't happen!" Judea and Samaria is the Israeli name for the West Bank.

"The people are with us", Netanyahu said at Wednesday's rally, accompanied by his wife Sara, who has also been grilled on suspicion that she diverted public money for private housekeeping expenses.

Netanyahu, 67, has been questioned under caution by police in two cases. Nearly immediately after signing Harow as a state witness, the prosecution imposed a gag order on his testimony, adding yet another dramatic twist to a labyrinth scandal that that interlocks Tel Aviv and Hollywood and includes traded cases of pink champagne, hush-hush backroom deals and bartered-for newspaper headlines among its sudsiest details.

It is now reported police are about to recommend to the attorney general that a criminal indictment is filed against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in the Case 2000 ordeal, a move that Mr. Netanyahu's opponents insist must be followed by his resignation.

"This is the first time police mentioned the actual offense", said Tal Schneider, a leading Israeli political commentator and journalist.

Appealing to his right wing base, Mr. Netanyahu described the 1993 Oslo peace accord with the Palestinians as a "disaster" that ended in bus bombings. They allegedly received thousands of shekels in champagne and expensive cigars from Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan.

On Monday, Israel's Supreme Court ordered Netanyahu to disclose the dates of his phone calls with Amos Regev, the former editor-in-chief of the free newspaper Israel Hayom, and Sheldon Adelson, a USA billionaire and media mogul.

A former prime minister, Ehud Olmert, was released from prison in July, having served 16 months of a 27-month sentence for obstruction of justice, fraud, bribery and breach of trust. In exchange for fair or positive coverage in Mr. Mozes' newspaper, the case alleges, the prime minister would support legislation that would curb the distribution of the free newspaper Israel Hayom, which is owned by Mr. Adelson. His plea bargain means the testimony he has given in recent months can be used in the Netanyahu investigation, according to Channel 2.

In an op-ed entitled "Netanyahu is different", author Amnon Lord wrote, "That is why Netanyahu's voters have no regrets and may even support him more forcefully now". Police reportedly took the audio from the cellphone and computer of Mr. Harow.

"I say to you, this is not for nothing, because they know that we win again and again in the elections". Other than Sara Netanyahu herself, the police said that their investigation uncovered evidence justifying the indictment of Prime Minister's Office director general Ezra Saidoff and electrician Avi Fahima.

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