AL-QUDS (Dispatches) – The Zionist regime’s police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday over his dealings with the country’s largest telecommunication company, Israel Radio said, one of three corruption cases weighing on his political future.
A vehicle carrying police officers pulled up at the entrance of the prime minister’s official residence, where a clutch of protesters called for Netanyahu to resign over the investigations.
Police declined immediate comment, but Israel Radio said Netanyahu was being questioned over allegations he awarded regulatory favors to Bezeq Telecom Israel in return for favorable coverage on a news site the company’s owner controls.
Netanyahu, who has been questioned twice before in so-called Case 4000, and Bezeq have denied wrongdoing.
In the case, Netanyahu stands accused of favoring the Israeli telephone communications giant Bezeq in exchange for positive coverage on its Walla! portal, one of the most popular among Israelis. He reportedly engaged in the corrupt practice between 2014 and 2017 while he was also occupying the post of the communications minister.
The Tuesday questioning would use the testimony of Nir Hefetz, Netanyahu’s former ally, as its subject. Hefetz "gave police text messages and incriminating recordings allegedly indicating a quid-pro-quo relationship” between the premier and Bezeq’s boss, Shaul Elovitch, the paper wrote.
Last month, Haaretz revealed comments made in 2015 by Elovitch, in which he had said that he understood Netanyahu "was willing to commit suicide for me,” referring to the duo’s especial relationship.
Also on Tuesday, police are to question two suspects in "Case 2000.” In that case, Netanyahu is accused of helping the Yediot Aharonotnewspaper against its competitor Yisrael Hayom likewise in return for favorable coverage of the prime minister.
For many months now, thousands have been holding weekly protests against the premier, urging him to resign.