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Billionaire questioned on suspicion of bribing Netanyahu, reports say

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second left, chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017
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Businessman reportedly gave prime minister and wife luxury gifts over several years

Billionaire businessman Arnon Milchan was questioned by investigators last week in London regarding suspicion that he paid bribes to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli media outlets reported on Tuesday.

He was questioned at least three times at the Israeli Embassy in London, according to Israel's Mako news site.

Milchan previously told investigators that cigars, champagne and other luxury items he gave to the Netanyahu and his wife Sara started as occasional gifts, but turned into a steady supply at the couple's demand, according to reports. The prime minister and his wife would make specific demands, and even send him reminders to send supplies, a report by Israel's Channel 2 quoted Milchan as saying.

The Netanyahus have reportedly told Israeli police the gifts cost significantly less than claimed and were unremarkable as they were given by a close friend of the family.

Investigators are reportedly looking into whether Netanyahu may have used contacts in the media industry to benefit Milchan, who is a film producer and owns stocks in Israel's Channel 10, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

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How small, is this clain into such a Great leader!,, really you can imagine Bibi selling out Israel for two bottles of champaign... How small can you become! Youre claiming Bibi received Cigars... Well my friend He deserves the pension freely of all the cigars and bottles of champaign that He would wish..and you Know Hes not a drunker!

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