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January 23, 2017 / 25 Tevet, 5777

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Netanyahu to Opposition before Police Interrogation: Too Soon to Start Celebrating

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

A few hours before his interrogation with a warning by police Monday, regarding suspicion of illegally receiving gifts, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a meeting of the Likud Knesset faction, “We’ve been hearing the celebration on television and in the opposition, and I want to tell them: wait with the celebrations, don’t rush. Nothing’s going to happen, you’ll just keep flying hot air balloons.”

Netanyahu is expected to be interrogated by police in his residence, on suspicion of illegally accepting gifts and benefits. According to Channel 2 News, there’s no time limit on the interrogation.

In early December, Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, was questioned by police for 11 hours over an alleged misuse of public funds.

Police explained their need for a large block of time saying they had to be able to spread before the PM the full body of evidence and suspicions in order to receive concrete answers from him.

Police are likely to confront Netanyahu with the testimony of businessman, art collector, philanthropist, and political activist Ronald Lauder, who confirmed that he gave the PM a few gifts, including a suit, and paid for Netanyahu’s son, Yair’s hospitality abroad. Police believe the overall amount exceeds Lauder’s claim that these were “merely gifts exchanged between friends,” and leans more towards being a bribe, or a “deposit” against a future need for the PM’s good will.

Meanwhile, police have been hinting about “another” scandal connected to the Prime Minister, which, according to Ha’aretz, may be the blow that finally draws blood. The reason, according to Ha’aretz, is the fact that AG Avichai Mandelblit – breaking with normal protocol – has been closely involved with the case, advising police on witnesses, discouraging some, and even becoming involved in preparing questions interrogators should ask witnesses.

David Israel

AG Approves Netanyahu Criminal Interrogation with a Warning

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit instructed police to launch a criminal investigation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Channel 10 News reported Wednesday night. This gives police the power to summon the PM to an interrogation with a warning (Israel’s equivalent of “Mirandizing” a suspect).

Netanyahu is expected to be interrogated over two cases; sources involved in the investigation told Channel 10 that the more serious case is already backed by evidence. The date for the PM’s interrogation is expected to be set in the coming days.

Ha’aretz reported earlier this week that police have recently discovered a new case which raises suspicion of corruption against Netanyahu. So far police have dropped earlier allegations about forgery in the election to the Likud leadership; and a clandestine campaign headquarters that received unreported contributions from Netanyahu’s rich friends. At the same time, a police source leaked to Ha’aretz that there exists evidence of those same rich friends systematically endowing the Netanyahus with gifts and benefits.

So far, every investigation against the PM that was approved by the AG since his appointment has ended with a dismissal of the case for lack of supporting evidence.

This time, according to Channel 10, Mandelblit changed his approach to the investigation he had approved, by becoming involved in the police work, preventing interrogators from summoning some witnesses, and becoming involved in formulating the questions to be posed to other witnesses.


MK Basel Ghattas Arrested For Aiding Hamas Prisoners in Israeli Jail

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

MK Basel Ghattas was arrested Thursday night after questioning in connection with allegations he passed cell phones, SIM cards and coded messages to Arab terrorist prisoners incarcerated in an Israeli prison, according to the Hebrew-language 0404 news site. According to the report, Ghattas passed information and communications equipment to Hamas prisoners in the jail.

The Israel Police Lahav 433 serious crimes unit questioned the Balad party Knesset member for a second time Thursday in connection with the accusation. He was placed under arrest following that interrogation.

Police told 0404 they believe the evidence is sufficient to charge Ghattas with assisting the enemy and endangering national security, in addition to the current charges of conspiracy, fraud, breach of trust and offenses under the Israel Prisons Service Ordinances (bringing in prohibited/dangerous items.)

The Balad party lawmaker is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday morning at 8 am before the judge in the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court.

Earlier in the day, Ghattas was officially stripped of his diplomatic immunity from the Israeli parliament, which up to that point had protected him from search and arrest during investigations.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein announced Ghattas had agreed to relinquish his immunity after being confronted with evidence proving he had sneaked in the cell phones to prisoners.

Ghattas was shown video footage that revealed him handing papers to an inmate who is serving a 37-year sentence for murder. The footage also shows him handing envelopes to a second inmate, which when later confiscated by prison guards and opened, were found to contain cell phones and SIM cards.

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit wrote in his request to the Knesset asking to strip Ghattas of his immunity, that Ghattas had denied passing anything to the prisoner.

However, “after MK Ghattas passed envelopes to a security prisoner in jail, and after the security prisoner attempted to conceal the envelopes on his person, the envelopes were confiscated by the prison service, whereupon 12 cell phones and 16 SIM cards, two cell phone batteries, and headphones were found.”

Moreover, it was only after he was shown the video that he admitted having passed the envelopes. Ghattas continued to insists he didn’t know what was in them, and according to Ynet, he said he believed he was giving the prisoner “literature.”

Hana Levi Julian

Terror Attack Foiled at Cave of Patriarchs in Hebron

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Israeli security forces foiled a plan by a wannabe terrorist to carry out a stabbing attack at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron over the weekend.

Police said they received an intelligence tip about a 22-year-old suspect who was plotting an attack.

The wannabe terror suspect was arrested before he could carry out his plans, however, and has been transferred to security personnel for further questioning.

Hana Levi Julian

Attorney General Approves Interrogation of Arab MKs Zoabi, Zahalka on Corruption Charges

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

AG Avihai Mandelblit on Thursday approved police interrogation of two MKs from the Balad faction of the Joint Arab List, Jamal Zahalka and Haneen Zoabi, as part of an investigation of financial irregularities and violations of the campaign finance law, Ha’aretz reported. Police are expected to invite both MKs to visit the Lahav 433 special investigations unit, according to confirmations by party lawyers and the Justice Ministry.

Police are following leads according to which Balad seniors have been systematically transferring millions of dollars into the party coffers illegally, committing a string of fraud violations in the process. Party sources have suggested police have recruited a state witness, a former party member who was aware of the financial irregularities and recently had confrontations with some of the suspects.

On Wednesday, the magistrate court in Haifa released six who had been detained as part of the investigation, including former Balad party Secretary General Awad Abdel-Fattah — despite police request that he be remanded to jail. According to Ha’aretz, Abdel-Fattah gave police his statement at the start of his interrogation and since then has been maintaining his right to silence. The court did extend the detention of party administrator Murad Haddad. Altogether police have detained 37 suspects as part of the investigation, but currently only Haddad remains behind bars.

Balad issued a statement saying the police investigation is part of a political witch hunt and an intimidation campaign against party officials.

Police suspect that millions of dollars which had been reported as donations from abroad were, in fact, laundered funds of Israeli Arab citizens, and that the suspects collaborated to conceal the sources of those funds, committing a long list of criminal violations.


Major Weapons Haul, 2 Arrests by IDF in Jordan Valley

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Israeli security forces arrested two terror fugitives as they fled after a huge weapons cache was uncovered in the Jordan Valley.

Two Palestinian Authority terrorists were arrested late Tuesday night while trying to flee during clashes with the IDF.

The troops recovered a weapons cache of 20 handguns, five M-16 assault rifles and a wide range of weapons parts.

Both men were taken into custody and transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

Hana Levi Julian

17 Terror Fugitives Captured

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

More than a dozen terror fugitives were captured in military operations early Wednesday morning.

IDF soldiers carried out arrests with Border Guard and Israel Police forces in various locations throughout Judea and Samaria.

At least one member of the Hamas terrorist organization was among the 17 terrorist suspects who were taken into custody in connection with accusations of participating in violent attacks on Israeli civilians and security forces.

All suspects were transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

Hana Levi Julian

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