Yair Netanyahu Called Police 'Gestapo' When Questioned in Media Quid-pro-quo Affair

Transcripts of the prime minister's son questioning by police in Case 4000 were aired by Channel 13 News

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Yair Netanyahu at the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court, December 2018.
Yair Netanyahu at the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court, December 2018.Credit: Moti Milrod

Yair Netanyahu, the son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, called the police “Gestapo” when he was questioned as a suspect in the favorable-news-coverage affair last year, Israel's Channel 13 News reported Monday.

In the affair, known as "Case 4000," Netanyahu allegedly took steps that benefited Shaul Elovitch, who controlled telecom giant Bezeq, in return for favorable coverage in Bezeq's Walla News website.

“You’re the Gestapo police. You are questioning me to pressure my parents, just like a criminal organization,” Yair Netanyahu reportedly said.

According to transcripts, the younger Netanyahu said, “You are only investigating my father and not other politicians who should be questioned, like Tzipi Livni.” He added: “Journalists are pieces of shit. Walla is a left-wing website, it’s ‘Walla Akhbar,’” he said, referring to the Islamic phrase "Allahu Akbar," meaning "God is greatest."

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Yair Netanyahu was questioned in March 2018, and last December police closed the case against him. According to Channel 13, the police dubbed the quotes the “Yair Netanyahu horror show.” The report also said that Netanyahu told investigators that he didn’t remember a lot of things, minimized his role in slanting the coverage by Walla and claimed he didn’t know about the regulatory implications of the case.

Yair Netanyahu’s response to Channel 13 was, “More leaks from the investigation. We would like to remind the public that leaking information from an investigation is a criminal offense punishable by three years imprisonment.”