In a dramatic turn of events in the corruption cases against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his former Chief of Staff Ari Harow has signed a deal with the State Prosecutor, agreeing to serve as a state’s witness in return for a reduced sentence in a separate case of fraud brought against him.

Ari Harow with Netanyahu

Ari Harow with Netanyahu Photo Credit: Miriam Alster, FLASH90/Channel 2 News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s former Chief of Staff Ari Harow officially signed a deal with the Israeli State Prosecutor’s Office on Friday in which he agreed to serve as a state’s witness in the corruption cases against Netanyahu. Under the agreement’s framework, Harow will admit to and be convicted of fraud and breach of trust in a separate case, for which he will serve no jail time but rather will complete community service and pay a 700,000 NIS fine.

The deal was signed this morning with the approval of the Israeli Attorney General and the State Attorney. Given the agreement, it is likely that Harow holds very important information the State Prosecutor’s Office needs to complete its investigations into the prime minister. Harow’s name recently came up after it was discovered that he was the one who recorded some of the conversations between Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Noni Mozes.

Harow's deal with prosecutors

Harow’s deal with prosecutors Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

As previously reported by JOL, the police stated that Harow is under pressure due to personal and financial problems. The former Chief of Staff has reportedly provided dramatic information to the Netanyahu Gifts Affair and has opened a window for further developments in the case. The Netanyahu family first learned of Harow’s contact with the prosecution a month ago and were reportedly shocked as they considered him a part of the family.

On behalf of Netanyahu, the prime minister’s office stated in response: “We outright reject the absurd allegations made against the prime minister. The hunt to replace the government is in full swing, but it is doomed to fail for one simple reason: There will be nothing because there was nothing.”