The police reportedly suspect that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, Sara, asked the Israeli Hollywood entertainment executive Arnon Milchan to cover tens of thousands of shekels in repairs at the Netanyahu family's home in Caesarea. According to police suspicions, the request was conveyed by Sara Netanyahu to Milchans representative in Israel, Hadas Klein, but was the request was turned down. The allegations were first reported on Tuesday evening by Israel's Channel 10 news.
The Netanyahu family responded to the report, as follows: This never happened. There is not one word of truth in this report. The house in Caesarea is insured and the costs have been covered by the insurance company. Enough. Were fed up with these false reports and the coordinated and never-ending besmirching of the reputation of this family.
There are currently two police investigations pending against the prime minister. In the investigation dubbed Case 1000, police are looking into allegations that Milchan provided the Netanyahu family with gifts worth hundreds of thousands of shekels, including cigars, champagne and jewelry, at their request. Hadas Klein testified that these requests went through her, and that on one occasion, Milchan was allegedly asked by the Netanyahus to send a building supervisor to check a leak at the Netanyahu home.
More broadly, the police are looking into whether Prime Minister Netanyahu acted on Milchans behalf in exchange for these gifts, when the businessman was trying to renew his residency visa in the United States, and whether Netanyahu also tried to promote Milchans business ventures in the communications sector.
Police sources recently said they expect that the investigation of Case 1000 to be wrapped up within a few weeks and that the summary of the probe will be delivered to state prosecutors by early March. The investigation is now in its final stages, but the police have already formulated their position regarding the evidence.
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