Sara Netanyahu Named Suspect In Corruption Investigation by the Forward

Sara Netanyahu Named Suspect In Corruption Investigation

Image by Getty Images

(JTA) – Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been named a suspect along with her husband in an investigation into alleged corruption.

On Thursday, a police representative to a Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court judge confirmed that Sara Netanyahu is a suspect in the affair known as Case 4000. The prime minister was named a suspect six months ago.

The investigation involves suspicions that the prime minister advanced regulations benefiting Shaul Elovitch, the Bezeq telecommunication giant’s largest shareholder, in exchange for positive coverage from the Bezeq-owned Walla news site.

The Netanyahu family issued a statement dismissing Thursday’s report, The Times of Israel reported.

“We also found a positive article about Kaya the dog on Walla,” the statement to media outlets said, referring to the Netanyahus’ late pet. “Luckily Kaya passed away before they managed to include her in the circle of bribery suspects.

“There is no end to the absurdity, and in any case the coverage of Prime Minister Netanyahu at Walla was and regularly remains negative.”

In March, a television report by Israel’s Channel 10 said that police are in possession of correspondence between Sara Netanyahu and Elovitch’s wife, Iris, including WhatsApp messages relating to the benefits extended to Bezeq and complaints from the prime minister’s wife over Walla’s coverage.

At the hearing, a representative for the State Prosecutor’s Office said the investigation is in its “advanced stages” and is expected to be transferred to prosecutors in the next six months following additional investigatory work.

According to Hadashot TV news, Yair Netanyahu, one of the couple’s two sons, is also a suspect in the case, thought this has not been confirmed by police.

Author

Sara Netanyahu Now Suspect In Corruption Investigation

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Sara Netanyahu Named Suspect In Corruption Investigation

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close