Netanyahu Rebuffs Graft Suspicions, Claims 'Leaks Campaign' Aims to Mislead the Public

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Arnon Mozes arrives for a police questioning, January 15, 2017.
Arnon Mozes arrives for a police questioning, January 15, 2017.Credit: Talia Kadosh, Walla

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that a campaign is being waged to mislead the public with regards to the media mogul tape scandal surrounding him.

Speaking at a meeting of Likud ministers, Netanyahu said that "naturally, I can't go into details. What I can say is that there's a campaign of biased leaks, intended to mislead the public and distort the true picture, as if there were offenses here that didn’t happen, and these things will become clear later."

"Therefore, like I've said and you know: There will be nothing because there is nothing," the prime minister added.

Two investigations have recently been launched against Netanyahu, dubbed Case 1000 and Case 2000. The former involves allegations that wealthy businessmen were asked to purchase luxury items such as cigars and alcoholic beverages for Netanyahu and his wife. The latter involves a deal that Netanyahu apparently concocted with Arnon Mozes, publisher of the daily Yedioth Ahronoth, whereby the prime minister would receive favorable coverage in Yedioth in exchange for cutting back on the extent of the commercial activity of the competing, pro-Netanyahu freebie daily Israel Hayom.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Credit: Ronen Zvulun, Pool via AP

Meanwhile, Mozes was questioned on Sunday morning by police over his relations with the prime minister.

Netanyahu also referred to Saturday night's rally in Tel Aviv against government corruption, responding to the graft investigations into Netanyahu.

"I saw the left's processions on Saturday night. I say again to our friends in the opposition – don’t rush with the celebrations. We will be here and continue to lead the country for many more years."  

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