Isaac Herzog Questioned Again by Police Over Allegedly Receiving Unlawful Campaign Donations

Police are investigating whether the Israeli opposition leader received unlawful donations, failed to report donations and provided a false statement during the 2013 Labor Party primary campaign.

Zionist Union head Isaac Herzog at the Knesset.
Emil Salman

Opposition leader and Zionist Union chief Isaac Herzog was questioned under caution - as someone who might be charged with a crime - last week for allegedly receiving unlawful donations, failing to report donations and providing a false statement during the 2013 Labor Party primary campaign.

Herzog's office issued a statement saying that the interrogation involved a short period of questioning to complete what had been carried out previously. "[It was] planned long in advance" and then delayed. "From Mr. Herzog's standpoint, nothing new arose. Herzog trusts the law enforcement authorities and is certain that it will soon be proven that there was no fault in his conduct."

Herzog was last questioned under caution in April, with the consent of Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit.

Over the past few months several people have been summoned for questioning so that police could ascertain whether Herzog may have violated the law in the way he funded his primary campaign, which ended with his defeat of then-party chairman Shelly Yacimovich. Since the examination became public, police have questioned several Herzog associates, some of them under caution, which essentially turned what had been a preliminary examination into a criminal investigation.