Netanyahu investigation: Prime minister’s wife testifies to police

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, has testified to police as part of the ongoing corruption investigation into alleged illegal gifts the premier received from prominent businessmen.

Police are investigating “Case 1000,” which deals with allegations that Netanyahu accepted expensive cigars and gourmet meals in an illegal manner from Israeli-born movie mogul Arnon Milchan and Australian businessman James Packer.

Sara Netanyhau’s testimony was said to involve details on gifts she had received, reportedly including large amounts of pink champagne.

Meanwhile, police are pursuing another case termed “Case 2000,” which revolves around Netanyahu’s alleged dealings with Yediot Aharonot publisher Arnon “Noni” Mozes.

The Jerusalem Post’s sister publication Maariv learned Thursday that Zionist Union MK Eitan Cabel has given a brief testimony to police regarding the second case involving the prime minister. 

Authorities apparently questioned the lawmaker on the reasons behind his 2014-proposed legislation termed the “Israel Hayom bill,” which sought to end the free distribution of the Israeli newspaper financed by Netanyahu confidant and American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

In addition, authorities asked the lawmaker whether he had been aware of alleged dealings between Netanyahu and Mozes, the publisher of competing Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonoth.

Police questioned Netanyahu under caution for a total of eight hours in two sessions last week regarding both cases.

On Tuesday, new details from confidential meetings between Netanyahu and Mozes were revealed by Channel 2 and Haaretz.

In a series of secret meetings held in 2014, the premier and the media mogul discussed a possible collaboration to promote the pair’s different interests, according to the reports.

MKs from Netanyahu’s Likud party have also reportedly been questioned throughout the week regarding Case 2000.

Eliyahu Kamisher and Joy Bernard contributed to this report.

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