Danny Dankner, ex-ILA Head Among Holyland Suspects

Former Bank Hapoalim chairman alleged to have paid over a million shekels to curry favor with the Israel Lands Administration.

While investigating the Holyland property affair, police detained the businessman Danny Dankner and former Israel Lands Administration head Yaakov Efrati on suspicion of bribe-related offenses, Haaretz has discovered.

Dankner, the former chairman of Bank Hapoalim, is suspected of paying Efrati's brother-in-law over NIS 1 million for him to promote the interests of a firm owned by the Dankner family. Scouring the home of the brother-in-law, Meir Rabin, police found a 2003 letter signed by Efrati mentioning an interim ILA decision to promote the interests of the company, Israel Salt Industries. The letter was sent to Rabin from a fax number in the office of the then-ILA head shortly after it was written.

Danny Dankner - Moti Kimche - Aug 24 2010
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Investigators also discovered that shortly after the letter was sent, Dankner paid Rabin several thousand shekels for unknown reasons.

An attorney for Dankner said he views the police recommendation to file an indictment over the Holyland affair as "regrettable." He said that he and his client's entire legal team believe that after examining the evidence, the State Prosecutor's Office will realize Dankner committed no wrongdoing, and consequently no indictment is required.