Reports: Police to Question PM Netanyahu in Ongoing Probes

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -
A security guard walks at the entrance to the prime minister’s residence in Yerushalayim on Jan. 2. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israeli media say that police will question Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for a fourth time in corruption investigations concerning his ties with top executives in media and international business.

Local media say police will question the prime minister on Monday as part of two ongoing investigations. Police declined to confirm this.

One investigation, dubbed “File 1000,” reportedly concerns claims that Netanyahu improperly accepted lavish gifts from wealthy supporters, including Australian billionaire James Packer and Arnon Milchan.

The second investigation, “File 2000,” reportedly concerns Netanyahu’s alleged attempts to strike a deal with publisher Arnon Mozes of the Yediot Acharonot newspaper group to promote legislation to weaken Yediot’s main competitor in exchange for more favorable coverage of him by Yediot.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has denied wrongdoing and claims a media witch hunt against him.