After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was questioned for a second time last night, his lawyer, Jacob Weinroth claims the matter regarding gifts from Hollywood film producer Arnon Milchan were exchanged between friends and are not illegal. Weinroth stated, “There is no prohibition on gifting cigars.” Netanyahu allegedly requests expensive cigars and smokes on a monthly basis, an amount equal to multiple minimum wage salaries in Israel.
Netanyahu’s attorney Jacob Weinroth Photo Credit: Uri Lenz, POOLl, Flash90/ Channel 2 News
Today (Friday), Israeli Prime Minister’s lawyer Jacob Weinroth said “There is no prohibition on gifting cigars,” in regards to the ongoing investigation into Benjamin Netanyahu. “Any reasonable person understands that if a close friend brings a friend cigars as a gift, it is not prohibited nor a criminal offense,” said Weinroth in relation to Netanyahu’s scandal.
“Regarding the second matter, I can say that after hearing the Prime Minister’s answers, I am and remain calm,” added the lawyer. “This is not about money, it’s not about a loan, and it’s not about something criminal. I am convinced that when all hear the Prime Minister’s answers it will be obvious and without doubt that there has been no criminal offense.”
Netanyahu claims the cigars are simply gifts from a friend Photo Credit:Yoav Ari Dudkevitch, Flash 90/Channel 2 News
As previously reported by JOL, Netanyahu was questioned last night for five hours until 11 PM about his relationship with Hollywood producer and businessman Arnon Milchan. Allegedly, over the last 7 or 8 years, Milchan has given Netanyahu cigars worth thousands of dollars.
Hollywood producer and businessman Arnon Milchan Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Netanyahu’s camp rejects the allegations against him, claiming that these items were gifts between close personal friends and not part of his public role as Prime Minister. Also, they claim that Milchan has shares in Israel’s network, Channel 10, which Netanyahu has tried for years to shutdown.