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The Case Against Netanyahu: Highlights From the Police Investigation

VISA TROUBLE Mr. Netanyahu lobbied the secretary of state at the time, John Kerry, and the United States ambassador to Israel at the time, Daniel B. Shapiro, to assist Mr. Milchan take care of an issue extending his visa, which had “far-reaching financial significance” to the producer.

A TV CHANNEL STAKE Mr. Netanyahu, in his capability as communications minister, tried to assist Mr. Milchan develop into a shareholder in Israeli tv’s Channel 2.

TATA The prime minister tried to help a venture that Mr. Milchan was pursuing with Ratan Tata, the Indian billionaire, recognized in Israeli information reviews as a free-trade zone proposed close to the Israeli-Jordanian border. The Defense Ministry opposed it and the venture went nowhere.

THE BOTTOM LINE According to the police, Mr. Netanyahu needs to be charged with accepting bribes, fraud and breach of belief in relation to Mr. Milchan and solely the latter two crimes in reference to Mr. Packer, and Mr. Milchan needs to be charged with giving bribes. No suggestion about Mr. Packer was made.

Case 2000: Back-Room Deals

THE ALLEGATIONS Mr. Netanyahu and Arnon Mozes, writer of Yediot Aharonot, considered one of Israel’s main newspapers, struck a “barter deal” in 2009 to advance their pursuits. In concept, Mr. Netanyahu would get optimistic and supportive protection from Yediot Aharonot. (Whether that occurred is unclear.)

Mr. Mozes would get Mr. Netanyahu’s help in selling Yediot Aharonot, together with assist curbing the energy of Israel Hayom, a free newspaper that’s owned by Sheldon Adelson, a supporter of Mr. Netanyahu’s, and that had develop into a robust competitor to Yediot.

CRUCIAL EVIDENCE Audio recordings of conferences between Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Mozes have been made secretly on the cellphone of Ari Harow, Mr. Netanyahu’s former chief of employees, now a authorities witness.

THE BOTTOM LINE According to the police, Mr. Netanyahu needs to be charged with requesting a bribe, fraud and breach of belief, and Mr. Mozes needs to be charged with providing a bribe.

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