The former director of Israel's Communications Ministry, Shlomo Filber, formally agreed to testify in one of several corruption investigations surrounding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at least according to Israeli media reports on Wednesday.
The testimony by Shlomo Filber, a long-time Netanyahu aide, is the latest in a dizzying series of developments and scandals that have engulfed the prime minister, his family and his inner circle.
The reports came shortly after another bombshell allegation that a different Netanyahu confidant attempted to bribe a judge in exchange for dropping a corruption case against Netanyahu's wife.
Mr Filber, the prime minister's former chief of staff, election campaign manager and now director-general of...
In September 2017, the attorney-general informed Sara Netanyahu he was likely to indict her over the claims.
In return, Walla, a news site controlled by Elovitch, allegedly refrained from criticizing Netanyahu and gave him and his wife, Sara Netanyahu, positive coverage.
Many opposition politicians in Israel have called on Netanyahu to resign. But his colleagues and coalition partners may eventually decide that it is not in Israel's interests to be led by a man with so many clouds looming over him. Investigators also say they have sufficient evidence to charge the Prime Minister with receiving bribes in the "Case 2000" investigation and to try the publisher of the Yediot Aharonot newspaper for offering bribes. "It's very unpleasant", Arens said regarding the suspicions against Netanyahu, "I can only hope that this is not the case, I am an engineer and not a lawyer, and I have the patience to wait for law enforcement to finish their work".
Caspit reported that Nir Hefetz, who served as media adviser to Netanyahu for three years starting in 2014, made the offer to Hila Gerstel, who has since retired from being a judge.
According to police, Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan was responsible for some 750,000 shekels in gifts, while Australian billionaire James Packer provided the other 250,000 shekels' worth. Additionally, Netanyahu has recently disparaged the police filings against him and he also took to his Facebook account to address his feelings of and his side of the agreement.
The attorney general will have to rule on this case as well.
A final case, dubbed 3000, is being investigated separately and has involved Netanyahu allies, but the prime minister has not been named as a suspect. The offer never materialized, and Israel's current attorney general recommended last fall indicting Mrs. Netanyahu for graft, fraud and breach of trust for allegedly overspending more than $100,000 in public funds on private meals at their official residence.