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Netanyahu attacks police chief after fresh corruption probe leaks

Israel Police Chief Roni Alsheikh, left, speaks with Israeli Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan, during a ceremony in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, April 13, 2016.
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On Saturday evening Channel Two reported that police were again seeking to question Netanyahu within two weeks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took aim on Saturday at the country’s police chief, Roni Alsheikh, after a report by Israel’s Channel Two suggested that the premier would be questioned yet again regarding two corruption investigations.

According to the report, police intend to question Netanyahu within two weeks over testimony they have gathered in the probes known as Case 1000 and Case 2000. The first probe relates to the alleged receiving of gifts from wealthy associates and the second centers on leaked conversations with Arnon Mozes, the publisher of Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

The report, which corroborated a Channel Ten report earlier this month, also said that the testimonies of British billionaire Len Blotnik and film producer Arnon Milchan had "strengthened" the case against the Netanyahu.

Shortly after the report aired, Netanyahu took to Facebook to blast Police Chief Alsheikh for failing to plug a steady stream of leaks from the investigations.

"When Alsheikh took office, he made two important decisions:There will be no leaks from the investigations and there will be no more recommendations by the police," Netanyahu wrote.

“Since the political adviser Lior Horev was appointed as an external adviser to the police at a cost of millions to the taxpayer and without a tender, the illegal leaks became a tsunami,” Netanyahu continued. “The decision to avoid the recommendations disappeared as never before.”

Shortly thereafter, the Israeli Police rejected Netanyahu’s remarks, insisting that it was “doing its work in accordance with the law and country.”

“We will not be dragged into baseless attacks aimed at disrupting the work of the police and undermining the legitimacy of the rule of law,” the police added.

In a similar rebuke, the Knesset’s Opposition Leader, Member of Knesset Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) also criticized Netanyahu for his response.

"[This is] incitement, and division for the sake of personal interests at any price, even at the price of the unity of the people and damages the symbols of law and government," Herzog stated.


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