Police Believe They Have Sufficient Base of Evidence Against Netanyahu in Graft Case

In internal discussions, members of the national fraud unit tasked with investigating Netanyahu sound certain about the damning nature of the findings.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, January 19, 2017.
Olivier Fitoussi

Police have concluded that the corruption investigations of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have yielded sufficient evidence to confirm that he committed at least some of the crimes of which he is suspected.  

Two cases involving Netanyahu are under investigation. The first, dubbed "Case 1000," is a graft case that focuses on suspicions that the Netanyahu family received perks from wealthy businessmen, notably Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer. The second, dubbed "Case 2000," focuses on suspicions that Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes discussed a deal whereby Mozes' daily would cover the prime minister in a more favorable manner in return for limiting the circulation of Israel Hayom, Yedioth's top competitor.

A senior legal source said that some of the suspicions in the graft case were found to be backed up by conclusive evidence. This reinforces assessments that police will recommend bringing charges against Netanyahu.

In internal discussions, members of the national fraud unit tasked with investigating Netanyahu say they are confident about the evidence they have collected, especially with regard to the graft case.

In the Netanyahu-Mozes case, there is no dispute regarding the evidence, but no agreement has been reached on whether they point to a crime having been committed.

Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich told reporters on Sunday that law enforcement has already reached conclusions in the two investigations.  

“We’re in the final stretch regarding both affairs ... In my estimation, within a few weeks we will transfer the investigation material for the prosecution to decide.”

Asked whether the investigation established the suspicions against Netanyahu, Alsheich replied just that police “have done good work.”