Zionist Israel promotes Jews and does not –and therefore should not- punish Jews.
Ever since Israel was imposed on Palestine by USA and allies that had won the WW II, the Zionist system took every care of Jews being imported primarily from Europe and Russia. Possibly, the Isreali courts refused to punish the criminal Jews and punished only Arabs and others, while Israeli regime refused to accept the International Law as the basis for all international disputes. Israel considers only its own Zionist laws as genuine and rejects all other laws simply as “anti-Semitist”.
For years, while Israel takes away the taxes of Palestine, Israeli political outfits loot the resources of Israel and take huge bribes from abroad in return for favors even form USA. Israeli leaders and rulers have exploited the tensed situation around in their own financial favors by misusing economic deals from within and across the globe where corporate lords like Ratan Tata of India give plenty of money to rulers- now Netanyahu.
The Israeli leader is mired in two separate corruption investigations. The first, known as Case 1000, revolves around him allegedly accepting luxury gifts worth tens of thousands of dollars from an Israeli-American billionaire. The second, which is referred to as Case 2000, is focused on his rumored deal with the influential Yedioth newspaper for better coverage in return for a crackdown on its rival outlet. Netanyahu, who denies all the allegations, is likely to face charges in the first probe, Israeli media reported last week.
Whether or not Israel would punish its top criminal leaders and frauds remains a trillion dollar question and similarly the Israeli courts run by illegal settler judges might not put Zionist fascist Netanyahu whose palms are stained with Palestinians blood, for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The Israeli police recommended that PM B Netanyahu be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust, casting a pall over the future of a tenacious leader who has become almost synonymous with his country. The announcement instantly raised doubts about his ability to stay in office.
The gifts and allegations
Netanyahu, who has been prime minister for nine straight years, and his family have become embroiled in a series of scandals in recent months.
Recordings recently emerged of his wife, Sara, screaming at an aide, while separate recordings emerged of his eldest son, Yair, on a drunken night out at a series of Tel Aviv strip clubs while traveling around in a taxpayer-funded government car with a government-funded bodyguard.
It follows reports that the bribe investigations have entered their final stages. It also comes immediately after the meeting on the recommendations, chaired by the police chief, recommend indicting Netanyahu in at least one of the corruption probes.
Netanyahu is involved in two separate criminal investigations, known as Case 1000 and Case 2000. In Case 1000, Netanyahu is suspected of having received gifts from businessmen overseas totaling 1 million shekels (approximately $280,000), including cigars, champagne, jewelry and more, from 2007 through 2016. The case has focused primarily on Netanyahu’s relationship with Israeli billionaire and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan.
The case 2000 centres on an allegation that Netanyahu asked the publisher of an Israeli newspaper, Yediot Aharonot, for positive coverage in exchange for help in reining in a rival publication. The second allegation centres on a claim that Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister since 2009, received gifts worth at least a million shekels ($283,000; £204,000) from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and other supporters.
In a statement, police said there was sufficient evidence to indict Netanyahu in the first case, known as File 1000, for accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust. It said Netanyahu had accepted gifts valued at 750,000 shekels ($214,000) from Milchan, and 250,000 shekels (or $71,000) from Packer. The gifts from Milchan reportedly included expensive cigars and champagne. Netanyahu reportedly was recorded asking Arnon Mozes, the publisher of the Yediot Ahronot daily, for positive coverage in exchange for reining in a free pro-Netanyahu daily that had cut into Yediot’s business.
In exchange for the “gifts”, Netanyahu tried to advance a tax break that would have benefited Milchan. The Israeli PM worked to advance the extension of the tax waiver for returning citizens over 10 years, a benefit that has a considerable economic value for Milchan, the police statement said.
In exchange for more favorable media coverage, Netanyahu promised to hamper the circulation of a rival newspaper, in recordings obtained by police. “In his framework, what was discussed was the assistance of Mozes to Netanyahu in establishing his stature as PM through positive coverage in Yedioth Ahronoth that, in return for the PM assisting Mozes in advancing economic interests of Yedioth Ahronoth by an initiative to block the strengthening of Israel Hayom,” the police statement said.
Police said that in return, Netanyahu had operated on Milchan’s behalf on US visa matters, legislating a tax break and connecting him with an Indian businessman. It said he also helped Milchan, an Israeli producer whose credits include “Pretty Woman,” ?12 Years a Slave” and “JFK,” in the Israeli media market.
The Jerusalem Post says the gifts included champagne and cigars, and were given in exchange for help getting Milchan a US visa. Milchan, the producer of films including Fight Club, Gone Girl and The Revenant, should face bribery charges, police said.
The recommendations marked a dramatic ending to a months-long investigation into allegations that Netanyahu accepted gifts from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer, and suspicions that Netanyahu offered to give preferential treatment to a newspaper publisher in exchange for favorable coverage.
Among those caught up in the shipping investigation are David Shimron, Netanyahu’s personal lawyer and second cousin, and Yitzhak Molcho, Netanyahu’s lifelong friend and close adviser, whom he has sent on his most delicate diplomatic missions since the 1990s. Molcho and Shimron are partners in a law firm as well as brothers-in-law.
Another possible case may be brewing over suspicions of the exchange of benefits in return for favorable media coverage between Netanyahu and a close friend who owns Bezeq, Israel’s telecommunications giant. According to the police, expensive cigars, jewelry and pink champagne flowed into the prime minister’s official Jerusalem residence in quantities sufficient to stock a small cocktail lounge. The generous patrons included Arnon Milchan, the Israeli movie producer, and James Packer, an Australian billionaire.
Israeli police recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in a pair of corruption cases, dealing an embarrassing blow to the embattled prime minister that is likely to fuel calls for him to step down. Police said there was sufficient evidence to charge both Milchan and Mozes with bribery. There was no immediate comment from either man.
The Israeli police accused Netanyahu of accepting nearly $300,000 in gifts over 10 years. Israeli police recommended that the state indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of bribery and corruption. Unlike his military crimes in Palestine and Arab world, his economic corruption may not have anything to do with violating international law and the human rights but fate of Palestinians affected badly because of his corrupt career as the powerful PM.
Concluding a yearlong graft investigation, the police recommended that Netanyahu face prosecution in two corruption cases: a gifts-for-favors affair known as Case 1000, and a second scandal, called Case 2000, in which Netanyahu is suspected of back-room dealings with Arnon Mozes, publisher of the popular newspaper Yediot Aharonot, to ensure more favorable coverage.
Police also recommended that the state indict Mozes as well as billionaire Arnon Milchan, a Hollywood producer and former Israeli intelligence operative who allegedly gave Netanyahu gifts with the intention of bribing him. Haaretz published a graphic outlining the investigations. Case 1000 refers to claims that the prime minister accepted “lavish gifts,” and Case 2000 refers to the purported deal with the newspaper publisher.
The recommendation comes as part of ongoing probes into allegations that Netanyahu “improperly accepted expensive gifts from different businessmen” including from Indian corporate lord Ratan Tata who is among the top Indians seeking Bharatrna award- Indian nation’s top civilian honor – for his ‘work’ and “negotiated with publisher Arnon ‘Noni’ Mozes for favorable coverage of himself in Yediot Aharonot in exchange for support of a bill to weaken Israel Hayom, the largest circulation Hebrew-language paper and Yediot’s biggest competitor
Criminal cum fraud Netanyahu deserves merciless punishment for his crimes against humanity by killing the besieged Palestinians, including their little children and with his corruption records he should be hanged without any mercy shown to him. But can that a happen when his associate Trump is still alive.
Governments can do anything illegal, immoral and improper in promoting their favorites.
As the police investigation gained steam in recent months, Netanyahu has claimed to be a “victim” of an overaggressive police force and a media witchhunt. This reminds us of his claims of being a “terror victim”. USA and India also have similar fake claims.
Netanyahu has not been anxious to resign run away to avoid further embarrassment or punishment because he is sure of US support through the President Trump and he is damn sure of staying in power.
While Netanyahu has vehemently denied the allegations and publicly attacked the credibility of Israeli Police Commissioner Inspector General Roni Alsheich, observers have praised the indictment recommendations while also noting that these alleged crimes are not the worst of which he’s been accused—pointing to Israel’s ongoing occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as its treatment of Palestinians, which have elicited demands that the prime minister be tried for war crimes at the International Criminal Court.
Police say they have enough evidence to indict Milchan on charges of bribery. MK Yair Lapid, a Netanyahu’s chief rival who served as finance minister during this period and was called to testify during the investigation, called on Netanyahu to step down. “Even if the law does not require the Prime Minister to resign, someone who has committed crimes and has such serious accusations against them, many of which he does not deny, cannot continue to serve as PM with responsibility for the security and well-being of Israel’s citizens,” Lapid said.
Milchan fired back at police, insisting he and Netanyahu have been friends since long before the period under investigation. “The recommendation disregards indisputable basic facts including — the ties between Milchan and Netanyahu started in the early years of 2000, when a military boss Netanyahu had no government role. This connection was characterized by friendship between the two and their families. In this framework, “gifts” were given from time to time by Mr. Milchan to the Netanyahu family with no business interest,” said Milchan’s lawyer.
Most Jews call bribes the Jewish leaders and rulers receive as gifts.
Both Netanyahu and Mozes have said these were not serious discussions; rather, they each claim they were trying to expose the other’s lack of trustworthiness. In a statement to Israeli media, the lawyer for Mozes said, “The cases against him will be closed.” As expected, Netanyahu has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence, insisting that investigators will find he did nothing wrong. Police say there is enough evidence to indict Mozes on charges of offering bribes.
The Israeli leader has long been fighting with the country’s law enforcement over Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh’s decision to proceed with the publication. Last week, after Alsheikh alleged that certain “powerful” elements are trying to compromise the investigation into Netanyahu by collecting information on the officers involved, the Israeli PM called the claims “delusional and false insinuations
Netanyahu is stubborn, bold and damn sure nothing would happen to him. “Over the years, I have been the subject of at least 15 enquiries and investigations,” he said in his TV address. “Some have ended with thunderous police recommendations like those of tonight. All of those attempts resulted in nothing, and this time again they will come to nothing.”
In his TV address, Netanyahu said that his entire three-decade political career, which included serving as Israel’s ambassador to the U.N., a stint at prime minister in the 1990s and a series of Cabinet posts, were meant only to serve the Israeli public. He acknowledged aiding Milchan with his visa issues, but said Milchan had done much for Israel and noted that the late Shimon Peres had also been close with Milchan. He also said that over the years he had taken decisions that hurt Milchan’s business interests in Israel. He said all the allegations over the years against him had one goal: “to topple me from government.” He said past scandals had all “ended with nothing” and “this time as well they will end with nothing.”
At the same time, the PM attempted to downplay the impact of the looming police report on the attorney general’s final decision, adding “we don’t attach any importance to the recommendations, the value of which everyone now understands.”
Netanyahu said the allegations were baseless and that he would continue as prime minister. The allegations, he said, “will end with nothing”. Netanyahu has said the scandals are all the work of media out to get him. His coalition partners, so far, have backed him, saying they will not take down the government over a police conclusion. According to a police statement published, authorities found evidence of “accepting bribes, fraud, and breach of trust.”
Israeli media say Netanyahu has been questioned by investigators at least seven times. Israel’s Channel 10 reported in December that Packer told investigators he gave the prime minister and his wife Sara gifts. Police say Netanyahu is also suspected of fraud and breach of trust in a case involving Australian billionaire James Packer.
But while the petition was still being processed, Netanyahu appeared to distance himself from the move. Speaking on Israeli television, Netanyahu said he would continue to rule Israel in his assigned role.
Yossi Fuchs, right wing attorney who filed the appeal, did not hide the fact that the petition’s imminent aim was to shield the embattled Israeli leader from a public backlash that may result from the publication of the report. He argued that the attorney general will not be able to stay impartial amid such outcry and will be forced to take the side of the police.
Gradually some ministers have stopped endorsing his crimes.
Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, a bitter rival of Netanyahu, called on him to suspend himself and for the coalition to appoint a replacement on Wednesday morning. “The depth of corruption is horrifying,” Barak said. “This does not look like nothing. This looks like bribery.”
Shrewd Zionist criminal
Basically criminal minded, Netanyahu has murdered several Palestinians in order to stay in power. .
The 68-year-old is in his second stint as prime minister, and has served in the role for a total of 12 years. He has faced a number of allegations in his time in office. After his first term as prime minister two decades ago, police recommended that he and Sara face criminal charges for keeping official gifts that should have been handed over to the state. The charges were later dropped. In July 2015, the couple was accused of charging the government for the services of a contractor who did private work for them. The charges were later dropped.
Now Netanyahu angrily rejected the accusations, which included accepting nearly $300,000 in gifts from a pair of billionaires. He accused police of being on a witch hunt, vowed to remain in office and even seek re-election. In an effort to deflect blame, Netanyahu has lashed out, attacking the police, the media, the opposition and the left in rallies and on social media. He has often called the investigations against him “fake news,” echoing the language of President Donald Trump.
And he has presided over an increasingly bitter relationship with the Palestinians in the territories Israel has occupied for more than a half-century, whose hopes of soon gaining a state of their own have dwindled as Israeli settlements expand.
Netanyahu, who has emerged as one of President Trump’s most ardent allies, is serving his third consecutive term since his election in 2009 and his fourth overall since the 1990s. If he were to remain in the post through July 2019, it would set a record for total time in office, surpassing that of the state’s founder, David Ben-Gurion.
Netanyahu’s relationship with Trump—who, last year, provoked international outrage by recognizing Jerusalem and the capital of Israel—and drew comparisons the US probe, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, into allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian operatives to influence the 2016 election and obstructed justice.
Yet, Netanyahu has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and has vowed to fight on, saying that no police recommendation would prompt his resignation. His longevity attests to his political agility and to his perfection of a campaigning and governing style in which he casts his political foes and critics as enemies of the broader body politic.
Though he has formed previous governing coalitions with those to his left, his current government is often described as the most right-wing and religious in Israel’s history.
Netanyahu has prepared the public for this moment for months, and made strenuous efforts to discredit those investigating him, but he has not prepared Israel or his government for the possibility that he may be unable to continue to lead. He has designated no successor, and no single member of his own coalition has emerged as ready to step into his shoes. Meanwhile, a centrist opposition, led by Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party, has been gaining strength.
The Israeli law enforcement authorities have handled the cases with great caution, wary of the possibility of bringing down a prime minister who might then be proved not guilty in court, not least with Israel facing increasing security threats on its northern and southern frontiers.
Israel’s constant state of alert has led some critics to argue all the more that a prime minister so focused on fighting his own legal battles cannot be entrusted with fateful decisions of peace and war. Netanyahu promoted the extension of a 10-year tax exemption to expatriate Israelis returning to the country, “a benefit that has great economic value for Milchan,” who has long worked in Hollywood. But the Finance Ministry blocked this legislation, saying it was against the national interest and fiscally unsound.
The police recommendations must now be examined by state prosecutors and the attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, a former military prosecutor and onetime Netanyahu aide. Last week, Israeli Police Chief Roni Alsheich, in an interview with Israel’s Keshet news channel, said “powerful elements” were “sniffing” around investigators working on the Netanyahu cases.
Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled in the past that government ministers or deputy ministers, once indicted, may not remain in their posts. Whether that principle should also apply to the elected prime minister is an open question.
Netanyahu worse than Olmert
Netanyahu would be something of a test case as Israel’s first sitting prime minister to be formally charged. His predecessor, Ehud Olmert, announced his resignation in September 2008, a week after the police recommended that he be charged with bribery, breach of trust, money laundering and fraudulent receipt of goods. That case involved an American businessman and a travel-expense scandal from Mr. Olmert’s days as mayor of Jerusalem and minister of industry and trade.
Olmert was eventually convicted in various cases and served 19 months of a 27-month prison sentence. He was released last year.
Pre-empting the police recommendations, Netanyahu told the public to expect them and did his best to minimize their importance. “Any fair-minded person will ask themselves how people who say such delusional things about the prime minister can investigate him objectively and make recommendations in his case without bias” he wrote accusing the police commissioner, Roni Alsheich, of having an agenda. In December, Netanyahu told a gathering of his right-wing Likud Party supporters: “The vast majority of police recommendations end in nothing. Over 60 percent of the police recommendations are thrown in the trash. Over 60 percent of the police recommendations don’t get to an indictment.”
Experts have disputed those figures, however, and the prime minister’s opponents have begun quoting from an interview he gave in 2008, at the height of Olmert’s legal troubles, to turn the tables on Netanyahu. Describing Olmert as “up to his neck in investigations,” Netanyahu said of his political rival at the time: “He does not have a public or moral mandate to determine such fateful matters for the state of Israel when there is the fear, and I have to say it is real and not without basis, that he will make decisions based on his personal interest in political survival and not based on the national interest.”
In some ways, though, Netanyahu has been here before. During his first term in office, in the late 1990s, the police recommended that he be charged with fraud and breach of trust in a complicated case in which Netanyahu was suspected of acting to appoint an attorney general who would be sympathetic to a minister under investigation for corruption, in return for that minister’s political support. Ultimately, the attorney general closed that case, citing a lack of evidence.
Again, in March 2000, once Netanyahu was out of office, the police recommended that he be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in a case involving his holding on to $100,000 in gifts that were state property and having the state pay for private work on his home. Months later, the attorney general also ordered that case closed.
This time around, the police recruited a state’s witness, Ari Harow, Netanyahu’s former chief of staff and once one of his closest confidants.
Opposition politicians pounced, demanding that Netanyahu step down, be ousted by his coalition or at least declare himself “incapacitated,” as former Prime Minister Ehud Barak urged on Twitter, calling the police findings “hair-raising.” The left-leaning Zionist Union party should quit the government. “If you have a drop of concern for the future, fulfill your obligation. Free Israel from this madness.”
And Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, whose center-right Kulanu party holds 10 seats in Parliament, giving it the power to sink Netanyahu’s government, signaled just before midnight that he was not prepared to leave the coalition, saying that he would wait for the attorney general’s decision on whether to indict Netanyahu.
The police have also been making headway in other criminal investigations in which Netanyahu has not been named as a subject, but that involve associates from his most inner circle. His wife already faces criminal charges of sneaking $100,000 in catered meals into the prime minister’s residence.
But a potentially far more explosive scandal, called Case 3000, involves a $2 billion deal for the purchase of submarines and missile ships from a German supplier. Critics have described that episode as perhaps the biggest corruption case in Israeli history, touching on deep conflicts of interest and national security.
Netanyahu, addressing the nation live on television shortly before the police released their findings made clear that he would not step down. “I feel a deep obligation to continue to lead Israel in a way that will ensure our future,” he said, before embarking on a 12-minute defense of his conduct. “You know I do everything with only one thing in mind — the good of the country,” he said. “Not for cigars from a friend, not for media coverage, not for anything. Nothing has made me deviate, or will make me deviate, from this sacred mission.”
With a cloud hanging over his head, he could soon find himself facing calls to step aside. During similar circumstances a decade ago, Netanyahu, as opposition leader, urged then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign during a police investigation, saying a leader “sunk up to his neck in interrogations” could not govern properly.
A final decision on whether Netanyahu should face charges will come down to the attorney general’s office. A decision could take months to reach. Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said any prime minister who has been charged should not be obliged to resign.
The police statement said that Netanyahu, after receiving gifts, even from Jews coming to settle down in Israel, pushed for the Milchan Law, which would have ensured that Israelis who return to live in Israel from abroad were exempt from paying taxes for 10 years. The proposal was eventually blocked by the finance ministry.
Observation: Netanyahu seeks escape route
Israel’s highest court has given police the go-ahead to publicize indictment recommendations in two long-running corruption investigations into the prime minister. Outrage over the probes led to months of large-scale protests.
The decision gives police the green light to submit their recommendations on the PM’s possible indictment to the attorney general. The highly anticipated release was halted on Sunday due to the petition pending a hearing in court.
Israeli police said there is “sufficient evidence” to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on criminal charges in two corruption cases.
The final decision about whether to file formal charges lies with Mandelblit and is subject to a hearing beforehand with Netanyahu’s lawyers. Reaching that threshold alone could easily take months.
Police will now pass the evidence to the attorney general, who will make a decision on whether or not to indict the Prime Minister. That decision is not expected imminently.
By Israeli law, he is only required to step down if he is convicted and that conviction is upheld through the appeals process to the High Court, a process that could take years.
However, he could face public and political pressure to step down much earlier.
Opinion says if Netanyahu needs to be indicted, the attorney general must make a decision to bring charges against him, but he needs to be able to make that decision without public pressure based on police recommendations
Since the probes were launched in December 2016, they have grown into a source of recurrent public outrage, with thousands of Israelis taking to streets to protest the “Crime Minister” every Saturday.
Late last year, the protest movement was given a boost by Israeli lawmakers, who passed a law aimed at scrapping the procedure of police recommendations to the attorney general. The bill, however, was watered down so that it would not apply to current investigations, including Netanyahu’s.
Netanyahu long ago earned the nickname “the Magician” for his uncanny knack for political endurance, and even his most ardent opponents have been hesitant to write him off.
At what point he might be legally required to step down, short of a final conviction, is likely to be a matter of increasingly heated debate, though public opinion and political pressure could in the end play a decisive role.
When asked whether the USA had any reaction to the police statement, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, “The only thing I have to say about that is that the United States has a very strong relationship, not only with PM Netanyahu but also the Israeli government. We’re certainly aware of it, but we consider it to be an internal Israeli matter.”
The next legislative elections are scheduled for November 2019. Netanyahu heads a fragile coalition, but on television, he appeared confident the allegations would not spur new elections.
It is the favors Netanyahu may have given his wealthy friends in return that could herald his downfall. A formal bribery charge would be by far the most serious outcome, and the most ominous for his political survival.
Netanyahu has misused the plight of besieged Palestinians to loot Israel.
Hopefully, Israeli system would not provide an escape route for fascist Netanyahu from legal complications to remain unpunished.
Netanyahu deserves worst possible punishment for all his crimes. Going by traditional technique of punishment for frauds and criminals, Netanyahu should be crucified, possibly along with Trump, or at least just hang him.
Let future generations of Israeli politicians learn lessons from Netanyahu’s mischief and sad end.
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