FILE: Benjamin Netanyahu / www.kremlin.ru. Any legal proceedings would likely focus on whether political favors were sought or granted.Netanyahu’s lawyers said the presents were simply tokens of friendship.The second, Case 2000, also alleged “bribery, fraud and breach of trust by the prime minister” and by the publisher of the biggest-selling Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Arnon Mozes. New Regency did not immediately return a request for comment.A spokesman for Packer said, “There is no allegation of wrongdoing on Mr. Packer’s behalf. The Israeli and Australian police have confirmed that he was interviewed as a witness, not a suspect.”In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, asked about the police decision, cited Washington’s “very strong relationship” with Netanyahu and the Israeli government.“We’re certainly aware of it, but we consider it to be an internal Israeli matter,” Nauert said.Israelis have seen their leaders embroiled in legal trouble before. Last year, Ehud Olmert, prime minister from 2006 to 2009, was released from prison after serving 19 months of a 27-month sentence over a variety of corruption charges.
Source: Egypt Today February 14, 2018 09:45 UTC