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The Case Against Netanyahu: Highlights From the Police Investigation

The Case Against Netanyahu: Highlights From the Police Investigation


JERUSALEM — The Israeli police recommended Tuesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two parallel graft cases. The attorney general must now decide whether to indict Mr. Netanyahu, a process that could take months. Here are highlights of the conclusions presented by police investigators.

Case 1000: Illicit Gifts

THE ALLEGATIONS Mr. Netanyahu accepted nearly $300,000 in gifts between 2007 and 2016 from two businessmen, the Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and the Australian billionaire James Packer — gifts that grew in “scope and frequency” after Mr. Netanyahu became prime minister in 2009.

‘A RELATIONSHIP OF BRIBERY’ Mr. Netanyahu’s relationship with Mr. Milchan “was not an innocent relationship between friends.” Rather, Mr. Milchan gave him gifts “in return for his action” to help Mr. Milchan in concrete ways, including financially.

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Arnon Milchan’s gifts to Mr. Netanyahu, beginning in 2007, ran to more than $210,000.

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A SHARED BURDEN Mr. Milchan’s gifts to Mr. Netanyahu, beginning in 2007, ran to more than $210,000; Mr. Packer’s, dating to 2014, totaled more than $70,000. “The two businessmen decided to share the prime minister’s costs between them,” the police said.

A BIG TAX BREAK Mr. Netanyahu tried to pass legislation that would double, to 20 years, the duration of a tax exemption for Israelis returning to the country from overseas, which would have “vast financial value to Milchan.” This was rejected by the Finance Ministry, then headed by Yair Lapid, now a chief opponent of Mr. Netanyahu’s.

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James Packer’s gifts to Mr. Netanyahu, dating to 2014, totaled more than $70,000.

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Tim Wimborne/Reuters

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.

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