Published: Tue, January 10, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Israel's Netanyahu Offers Financial Benefits for Good Press

Israel's Netanyahu Offers Financial Benefits for Good Press

The main corruption case involving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for which he has been questioned two times in the last week, involved recorded conversations of Netanyahu offering benefits to a businessman in exchange for his help keeping the prime minister in power.

Mozes is the owner of leading Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Ynet and Ynet News and is now in the centre of the investigations into accusations of corruption which have been levelled at Netanyahu, the Anadolu Agency said.

Netanyahu has been questioned twice already about allegations that he improperly accepted lavish gifts from high-profile figures in worldwide business and Hollywood. Netanyahu has openly accused Mozes and Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper of trying to overthrow his leadership through skewed coverage, an allegation they deny.

It said police also suspect that Milchan gave Netanyahu's wife Sara pink champagne priced at about $100 a bottle.

Israeli police revealed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had held a secret deal with the Israeli media Tycoon Arnon Mozes that would benefit both men, Israeli TV Channel 2 reported yesterday.

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On Sunday, Netanyahu again pointed the finger at the media and said he was being personally hounded. Netanyahu's lawyer said such presents from friends were not illegal. They release balloons and the hot air comes out of them time after time.

Netanyahu's office has not commented on the reports, but the prime minister said at the weekly Cabinet meeting: "Now that I know what is being investigated I can tell you with certainty: There will be nothing because there is nothing".

In the past few weeks Netanyahu has lashed out at journalists who have published critical reports about his administration and his alleged ties with wealthy businessmen. Mozes reportedly has been questioned as well.

The gist of the conversation was that if Mozes guaranteed positive coverage of the prime minister, Netanyahu would "take care" of Mozes "regarding the Yisrael Hayom bill".

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