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Netanyahu's Associates Named In Telecom Corruption Probe

20 February 2018

"What would her response be?"

The two men have been identified as Nir Hefetz and Eli Kamir, both former media advisers for the Netanyahu family.

Gerstel shared details of the offer with Supreme Court Judge Esther Hayut shortly after receiving it, Haaretz reported.

The controlling shareholder of Bezeq, Shaul Elovitch, was arrested along with Nir Hefetz, a long-time media advisor to the Netanyahu family, Shlomo Filber a Netanyahu associate and former director-general of the Communications Ministry among others.

Shaul Elovitch, a family friend of Netanyahu's who controls telecoms firm Bezeq through his Eurocom holding company, was arrested along with his wife, his son and Bezeq's CEO Stella Handler.

While the arrests were announced on Sunday, the suspects' identities were under a gag order until now.

Also Tuesday, police said, without giving details, that they detained two people over suspicions they offered to advance a government employee's candidacy for attorney general if she would promise to take certain actions in a certain criminal case.

"According to the evidence gathered so far, this request was ultimately unsuccessful", the statement continued.

However, the arrest of his close associates followed days after Israeli police recommended the prime minister's indictment for bribery and other charges.

"I didn't mention the prime minister in connection with anything, I said that there were persons sniffing around the investigators working on these cases", Alsheich told committee members, several of whom admitted not having seen the broadcast.

According to the police, Netanyahu and his family received goods, including jewelry, cigars, and Champaign, worth about one million shekels (282,800 US dollars) from Israeli businessman and Hollywood tycoon, Milchan and the Australian businessman, James Packer.

In the second case, Netanyahu is accused of offering a newspaper publisher legislation that would weaken his paper's main rival in return for more favorable coverage.

The prime minister has also been linked indirectly to Case 3000, a large investigation into suspected corruption surrounding a multi-billion-shekel purchase of naval vessels and submarines from a German shipbuilder.

Police have already concluded investigations into two separate cases involving the prime minister and their recommendation that charges be pressed is now in the hands of the attorney general.

The Israeli premier has not yet been named as a suspect in the case but is expected to be questioned.