Israeli Police Officer Who Headed Two Netanyahu Corruption Probes Resigns

After acting police chief, Motti Cohen, did not promote Assayag in his last round of appointments, Assayag decided to resign

Josh Breiner
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Eli Assayag on his way to the Prime Minister's Residence, in 2018.
Eli Assayag on his way to the Prime Minister's Residence, in 2018.Credit: Moti Milrod
Josh Breiner

The head of Israeli police investigations into white collar crime, who led two corruption investigations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or his aides, announced his resignation on Thursday, senior police sources said.

The sources said Eli Assayag’s departure was linked to acting police chief Motti Cohen not promoting Assayag in his last round of appointments, and in light of the absence of any set role for him on the force. 

“He is one of the serious people in the system and he didn’t like being left in limbo,” one source said. Assayag was the officer who led the investigations into Case 4000 involving the Bezeq telecommunications firm, and the submarines affair in which Netanyahu was not indicted.

Assayag served on the force for more than 35 years. In the past he was part of an investigative team in other high profile cases as well including of the head of the Oshrenko family case and the case involving the domestic murder of four-year-old Rose Pizam.

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