At Sydney diving site, Netanyahu alludes to criminal probes: 'We have enough sharks back home'

Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu were asked jokingly if they were planning to go scuba diving. They replied, "We have enough sharks back home," alluding to the criminal investigations awaiting them when they return.
Screen capture: Channel 2 News

When a Channel 2 News reporter saw Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arriving at Sydney's Manly Beach on Friday, he asked jokingly if he is planning to go scuba diving. Netanyahu replied with a sarcastic joke of his own, alluding to the criminal investigations awaiting him back home: "There are enough sharks in Israel."

Netanyahu told reporters about the "important ties" between Israel and Australia. "We will be having dinner tonight with the Australian prime minister and his wife," he said, to which Sara Netanyahu added, "We've already made a great connection with them."

As Netanyahu was walking away, a reporter asked him, "Are you also going scuba diving?" Mrs. Netanyahu then whispered to him, "We have enough sharks back home." The prime minister repeated her joke and said, "Yes, there are sharks in Israel, too, but they're out of the water."

On Thursday, it was reported that State Comptroller Yosef Shapira is planning to launch a probe into the relations between Netanyahu and US billionaire Sheldon Adelson, whose pro-Netanyahu daily newspaper Israel Hayom is suspected as an illegal political gift.

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