Netanyahu Aide Accused of Wrongdoing


Israeli police say they have found evidence of alleged criminal wrongdoing on the part of a longtime aide to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and have turned the file over to the attorney general’s office.

The probe of the aide was initiated in July 2015 by then-attorney general Yehuda Weinstein. Police said Tuesday that they had uncovered “apparent evidence of a conflict of interest regarding the passing of information not open to the public to a close associate of hers, information that dealt with people the associate had business dealings with.”

The aide was suspended for four months beginning in October 2015 due to the investigation into allegations that she used her position to pass information to her husband, a publicist associated with the Likud and the pro-Netanyahu daily Israel Hayom.

The investigative materials will now be passed to the state attorney’s office, where a decision will be made about whether or not to press charges against the aide.