A-G Checking French Tycoon’s Claim He Funded Netanyahu

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, shown here leading the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Yerushalayim on Sunday. (Emil Salman/POOL)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. (Emil Salman/POOL)

Israeli authorities are looking into a French tycoon’s claim he gave Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu 1 million euros — or more than $1.1 million.

The attorney general’s office said on Monday that it’s probing Arnaud Mimran’s testimony in France that he funded one of Netanyahu’s election campaigns. If true, such a sum would violate Israel’s campaign finance laws.

The prime minister’s office did not deny there was a contribution, but said any money received by Netanyahu was done lawfully while he was a private citizen, and not part of any election campaign donation.