Court blow to Case 4000 against Netanyahu

May 31, 2022 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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The Jerusalem District Court has dealt an apparently severe blow to the prosecution and its case against former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday when it ruled that the indictment would not be changed.

Ahead of the Knesset’s return from its spring recess, MK Benjamin Netanyahu (C) Leader of the Opposition, arrives at Metzudat Ze’ev – Beit Jabotinsky, the headquarters of the Likud party, for a meeting with the heads of the Israeli right-wing parties. Tel Aviv, May 8, 2022. Photo by Eitan Elhadez-Barak/TPS

Following testimonies given in the case and various details that did not align with the indictment against Netanyahu alleging bribery and breach of trust, the prosecution requested to amend it, and the court rejected their claim. The court said that no new evidence or change of circumstances was found to justify amending the indictment.

The ruling was given in Case 4000, which alleges that Shaul Elovitch, former owner of Israeli telecommunications giant Bezeq and of the Walla! news portal, pressured his CEO, Ilan Yeshua, to arrange positive coverage of Netanyahu on Walla! in exchange for the prime minister advancing regulations that would benefit Elovitch.

The regulatory benefits were worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Bezeq, of which Elovitch was a major shareholder at the time.

This latest ruling punches another hole in Case 4000, the prosecution’s main case against Netanyahu. The court still leaves open the possibility of convicting Netanyahu and Elovitch, but this is significantly more difficult now.

Netanyahu also faces charges in Case 1000, which involves expensive gifts that he allegedly received from wealthy supporters, particularly from Israeli-born movie producer Arnon Milchan, possibly in return for favours.

Case 2000 alleges bribery between Netanyahu and Yedioth Aharonoth owner Arnon Mozes. Netanyahu supposedly offered to use his power to hinder the influence of Yedioth’s main rival, Israel Hayom, through legislation that would minimize Israel Hayom’s distribution, in return for Yedioth’s reduction of negative coverage of Netanyahu.

Netanyahu, the first sitting prime minister in Israel’s history to be tried, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and his supporters have called the allegations a witch hunt by a “hostile media” against him and his family and have accused the judicial system of attempting to unseat a prime minister in an undemocratic process.


2 Responses to “Court blow to Case 4000 against Netanyahu”
  1. Paul Winter says:

    Bibi was and is far from perfect, but the cases against him were, by any fair assessment, not legal but political.

  2. Naomi B. says:

    Trying to pull a “Donald Trump” on Israels best prime minister… It proved fake news in US and will do the same in Israel.. We all know who is behind this!
    Are you gong to publish this comment?

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