Police Grill Netanyahu for Fourth Time Over Graft Suspicions

The prime minister will likely be asked about answers his wife, Sara, provided to police which a source says conflict with versions he has provided.

Netanyahu during a cabinet meeting, February, 2017.
Emil Salman

Police investigators have arrived at the Prime Minister's Residence to question Benjamin Netanyahu for the fourth time Monday at the official residence in Jerusalem.

The questioning is expected to focus on allegations that Netanyahu and his wife received gifts from tycoons in return for favors (Case 1000) and his conversations with Yedioth Aharonoth publisher Arnon Mozes about receiving more favorable coverage in return for curbing the expansion of rival paper Israel Hayom (Case 2000).

>> A guide for the perplexed: The many affairs involving Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu <<

A police source said that during Monday’s questioning Netanyahu will have to respond to testimony given by his wife Sara, which the source said conflicts with the version of events Netanyahu gave in previous rounds of questioning, particularly with regard to Case 1000.

It has been difficult to pin down the prime minister for questioning over the past several weeks because of his trips abroad.

Police understand the scheduling difficulties and hope to be able to complete their questioning in both cases, but do not deny Netanyahu could be questioned again if investigators feel that Monday’s session doesn’t give them all the answers they’re seeking.

Investigators would have preferred to question Netanyahu after a number of relevant parties, including James Packer, Arnon Milchan and apparently Israel Hayom owner Sheldon Adelson, but decided to exploit a window of opportunity to question him again Monday.