Former PM Spokesman and State's Witness Looking to Buy Hotel in Florida

Nir Hefetz turned state’s witness and provided testimony against the Netanyahus in Case 4000, in which the PM is suspected of conferring benefits on Bezeq, in exchange for favorable coverage

Nir Hefetz sits in the Magistrate Court during his remand hearing in Tel Aviv, Israel, February 22, 2018.
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Benjamin Netanyahu’s former spokesman Nir Hefetz, who turned state’s witness in the prime minister’s corruption investigations, is looking into the possibility of buying a hotel in Florida, the Friday Ulpan television news show reported.

But a statement from Hefetz on Saturday denied a claim by radio personality and friend JoJo Abutbul that Hefetz was actually moving to the United States.

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The statement said Abutbul’s comments “are incorrect. I do not intend nor have I ever considered leaving Israel, and the exact opposite is true.”

Hefetz turned state’s witness in February and provided testimony against Netanyahu and family members in Case 4000 in which the prime minister is suspected of conferring regulatory benefits on Bezeq, then controlled by Shaul Elovitch, in exchange for favorable coverage of the Netanyahu family on Bezeq’s news website, Walla.

Following the agreement in which Hefetz handed over recordings as evidence against the Netanyahus, Hefetz is widely considered to have ended his career in communications. Now it seems he is looking into launching a new career overseas.

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In the next few months, Tel Aviv Prosecutor Liat Ben-Ari is expected to complete a recommendation on whether or not to indict Netanyahu and other suspects in the various corruption cases. The recommendation would be handed to Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, who would decide whether an indictment should be issued. 

Prosecutors and police refuse to commit to any deadline for a decision to be rendered. If there’s decision for an indictment, Netanyahu would first face a hearing before a final decision regarding indictment is made.