Following the Israel Police recommendation to indict Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, MK and former Finance Minister Yair Lapid revealed that he is a key witness in one of the investigations into Netanyahu.
Yair Lapid and Benjamin Netanyahu Photo Credit: Haim Zach/GPO
It was revealed on Wednesday that MK and former Finance Minister Yair Lapid is a key witness in one of the corruption investigations into Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Tuesday evening, the Israel Police released its recommendation to indict Netanyahu on charges of corruption. According to Lapid, Netanyahu should resign because “there is no way to run a state under such serious allegations.”
Lapid explained today that he was approached by the Israel Police to give his testimony from his time in Netanyahu’s government as Israel’s finance minister. During his term, the controversial Milchan Law, on which Case 1,000 is based, was on the docket. The case explores the allegations that Netanyahu accepted gifts from Arnon Milchan in exchange for tax exemptions and reforms that benefited that Israeli businessman.
The Israeli MK stated that he “refused to pass the law” despite the pressure placed on him, allegedly by Netanyahu himself. Based on Lapid’s testimony, the Israel Police believe that Netanyahu unsuccessfully sought to extend the tax exemption for 20 years in order to benefit Milchan and businessman James Packer in exchange for lavish gifts such as cigars and champagne from them.
As previously reported by JOL, Netanyahu’s coalition is standing by him while the opposition is calling for his immediate resignation. The indictment recommendation that was publicized by the Israel Police sparked conversation about the future of the leadership in Israel. The decision to proceed with a trial and the call for resignation rest in the hands of the Attorney General and may take up to years to finalize.