Israel Police Chief: We've Reached Conclusions in Netanyahu Corruption Investigations

Roni Alsheich says he believes police will transfer the material for the prosecution to decide within next few weeks, adding that disagreements with the prosecution center around interpretation of evidence.

Israel Police chief Roni Alsheich.
Gil Eliahu

Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich told reporters on Sunday that law enforcement has already reached conclusions into the two ongoing corruption investigations into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  

“From our perspective, we already know what conclusions we have reached in the investigation. We’re on the final stretch of both the affairs . In my estimation, within a few weeks we will transfer the investigation material for the prosecution to decide.”

Relating to the so-called Case 1000 and Case 2000 in which the prime minister has been questioned in recent weeks, Alsheich said: “The role of the police is first of all to find out where the truth lies and to gather evidence corresponding to the suspicions raised. We are certainly on the final straight and giving a strong push to finish the investigation.”

When questioned whether disagreements were raised between police investigators and the State Prosecution, the police chief said: “I don’t think there are significant disagreements between us and the prosecution. Those disagreements that there are are primarily over how to interpret the evidence.”

"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. "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.

Alsheich also discussed last week's events at Umm al-Hiran, during which Bedouin resident Yakub Abu al-Kiyan was killed. 

“We paid a most expensive price in that for two hours after it happened we could not come out to the media and announce that an Israel Police officer had been killed,” he said. “This came at a price because during those two hours there were civilians and elected official who controlled the media discussion and released unfounded versions.”

The police chief recounted the police version of how the events unfolded during the confrontations in the village. “You have to understand the arena where the police were operating – the place is dark, a man sitting in a car who they signal to not to move starts to drive. Despite all the attempts to signal to him with a flashlight, to bang on the vehicle and fire at the tires, he breaks into a wild ride during which he veers from the path and runs over policemen,” he said.

According to Alsheich, the event is still being checked. “We know who shot during the event, we know where he was hit. There are many rumors and speculations surrounding this event. I suggest to everyone to wait until the police investigations unit completes its check.”