February 14, 2018 12:00 am
VISA TROUBLE Mr. Netanyahu lobbied the secretary of state at the time, John Kerry, and the United States ambassador to Israel at the time, Daniel B. Shapiro, to help Mr. Milchan deal with a problem extending his visa, which had “far-reaching financial significance” to the producer.
A TV CHANNEL STAKE Mr. Netanyahu, in his capacity as communications minister, tried to help Mr. Milchan become a shareholder in Israeli television’s Channel 2.
TATA The prime minister tried to aid a project that Mr. Milchan was pursuing with Ratan Tata, the Indian billionaire, identified in Israeli news reports as a free-trade zone proposed near the Israeli-Jordanian border. The Defense Ministry opposed it and the project went nowhere.
THE BOTTOM LINE According to the police, Mr. Netanyahu should be charged with accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust in relation to Mr. Milchan and only the latter two crimes in connection with Mr. Packer, and Mr. Milchan should be charged with giving bribes. No recommendation about Mr. Packer was made.
Case 2000: Back-Room Deals
THE ALLEGATIONS Mr. Netanyahu and Arnon Mozes, publisher of Yediot Aharonot, one of Israel’s leading newspapers, struck a “barter deal” in 2009 to advance their interests. In theory, Mr. Netanyahu would get positive and supportive coverage from Yediot Aharonot. (Whether that happened is unclear.)
Mr. Mozes would get Mr. Netanyahu’s support in promoting Yediot Aharonot, including help curbing the strength of Israel Hayom, a free newspaper that is owned by Sheldon Adelson, a supporter of Mr. Netanyahu’s, and that had become a powerful competitor to Yediot.
CRUCIAL EVIDENCE Audio recordings of meetings between Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Mozes were made secretly on the cellphone of Ari Harow, Mr. Netanyahu’s former chief of staff, now a government witness.
THE BOTTOM LINE According to the police, Mr. Netanyahu should be charged with requesting a bribe, fraud and breach of trust, and Mr. Mozes should be charged with offering a bribe.world
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