After the police recommendations in Cases 1000 and 2000 made headlines in Israel and around the world, the recommendations that investigators reach after completing the investigation into Case 4000 will not have the same effect. In December, the Knesset approved the Police Recommendations Law, which prevents police from revealing their recommendation regarding new investigations involving public officials.
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While it appears that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be questioned under caution in Case 4000, the police recommendations about indictments in the affair will not be released to the public. Last December, the Knesset passed a law, dubbed the Police Recommendations Law, that prevents police from revealing their recommendation regarding the matter when the case involves public officials.
Last week, the Israel police released its recommendation regarding Cases 1000 and 2000, which involve Netanyahu, stating that there is enough evidence in the two graft probes to warrant indictments against the prime minister. The Police Recommendations Law only applies to investigations that began after its enactment, such as Case 4000, also known as the Bezeq Case.
Yesterday, 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.