After a few of his close associates were arrested this morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the case regarding which he is likely to be questioned under caution by police investigators.


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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will likely be questioned under caution in Case 4000, also known as the Bezeq Case, Israel News Company’s Moshe Nussbaum reported on Sunday evening. Netanyahu has not been named as a suspect in the investigation.

Earlier today, police arrested senior officials from Israel’s national telephone company Bezeq and a few close associates of Netanyahu. Police investigators suspect that Shaul Elovitch, the owner of the Israeli news site Walla! and the controlling shareholder of Bezeq, cut a deal with someone close to Netanyahu, who was also serving at the time as Israel’s communications minister. According to the police suspicions, in exchange for favorable coverage of Netanyahu on Walla!, the Israeli Communications Ministry implemented policies that financially benefited Elovitch.

On Sunday evening, Netanyahu denounced the investigation. “The media witch hunt continues with full force,” a statement from the prime minister read. “After the air from Case 1000 and Case 2000 was released and after it turned out that there’s no air in Case 3000, the media created massive pressure to produce a new balloon, Case 4000. The air from it will escape too.”

Last week, the Israel Police submitted its recommendation that Netanyahu be indicted on corruption charges in Cases 1000 and 2000. Netanyahu also dismissed these investigations and the police recommendation.