Netanyahu's Son Expected to Be Questioned Over Illegal-funding Allegations

Sources close to the prime minister call the latest corruption accusations a smear campaign.

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The Netanyahu family votes in Jerusalem, Jan. 22, 2013
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair is expected to be questioned by police over allegations that he and his mother Sara received funds illegally from American donors to cover personal expenses.

The money was allegedly transferred via the prime minister’s former chief of staff, Ari Harow, who is also being questioned in the affair. Sources close to the family call the efforts a smear campaign.

Other issues are the degree the donors expected anything for their money and whether Netanyahu himself may have been involved. The police are also checking allegations that the prime minister accepted expensive gifts from foreign businesspeople; the attorney general is already looking into whether Netanyahu has taken part in large-scale money laundering.

Channel 2 News reported a month ago that the alleged transfers to Yair and Sara took place after Netanyahu resumed office as prime minister in 2009. But sources close to Netanyahu told Channel 10 News on Tuesday that the allegations were that latest smear against an innocent family.

“We regret that the media smear campaign against the Netanyahu family has now reached the son Yair,” a source said. “Here again nothing will be found, because there is nothing.”

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