Netanyahu's Confidant Testifies in Graft Case

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu votes in Israel’s last election

Police have not confirmed that Filber has turned state's witness, but Netanyahu quickly denied any wrongdoing and described the allegations as a witch hunt, madness and lies.

Police have not commented on what Packer may have received, and Netanyahu has said everything he received were gifts from friends.

ONE of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's closest confidants has agreed to testify against him in a graft probe, Israeli police said yesterday, in a fresh threat to his long tenure.

Authorities said there's "sufficient evidence" to charge Netanyahu with "accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara attend the inauguration of a new emergency ward at the Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon on February 20, 2018.

Police have also recommended indicting Netanyahu for supposedly offering a newspaper publisher legislation that would weaken his paper's main rival in return for more favorable coverage.

Filber, along with former Netanyahu chief of staff Ari Harow, took great personal risks when they returned to Netanyahu's inner circle after a healthy hiatus.

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Shlomo Filber, the suspended director general of the Ministry of Communications, agreed in exchange for a lighter sentence to provide police with information about Netanyahu's part in the so-called Case 4000, which alleges that Shaul Elovitch, majority shareholder of Bezeq, received political favors for the Israeli telecommunications giant in return for favorable coverage of Netanyahu on the Walla! news website owned by the company. Also giving testimony are many current and former employees at Walla, including journalists Avi Alkalay and Dov Gil-Har.

The aide, Nir Hefetz, is suspected of having offered Judge Hila Gerstel the appointment of attorney general if she dismissed a pending case concerning Sara Netanyahu's excessive household spending.

Filber's state-witness agreement could represent a major break in the investigation.

Netanyahu was acting communications minister at the time when several allegedly illicit deals were made with Elovitch, one of which included helping Bezeq buy the satellite cable provider Yes, overriding antitrust issues raised by ministry officials.

Netanyahu has not been named as a suspect, but some of his closest associates have been implicated in probe related to a possible conflict of interest involving a $2 billion purchase of German submarines.

As if Netanyahu didn't have enough problems, police said Tuesday that Hefetz, his former media adviser, is suspected of trying to bribe a judge in exchange for dropping a corruption case against the Israeli leader's wife.

He also claimed that when he felt unwell and asked to see a doctor, he was rebuffed by police.

Two new corruption investigations against the embattled Prime Minister were announced this week, hot on the heels of a police recommendation that he face charges in two other cases.

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