The Israel Police reportedly wiretapped the suspects in the ongoing Case 4000. The investigation includes suspected favorable coverage on Walla! News for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his family.
Shaul Elovitch in court in February 2018 Photo Credit: Flash90
On Sunday, it was reported that the Israel Police wiretapped the phones of the suspects in the investigation into the alleged efforts to sway Walla! News to air favorable coverage of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his family.
The wiretaps were reportedly permitted for use after Ilan Yeshua, the CEO of the Walla! News site, gave elaborate testimonies to the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) in December 2017, as reported by Yedioth Ahronoth. Yeshua met with the ISA investigators eight times, providing the Attorney General with enough evidence to warrant the wiretap for three months.
The wiretapping revealed the involvement of Shaul Elovitch, Shlomo Filber and Nir Hefetz. As previously reported by JOL, police already obtained evidence of Elovitch, caught on tape, telling Yeshua to cover Netanyahu and his family in a good light.
Yeshua’s testimony was acquired as part of Case 4000, involving allegations that the controlling shareholder of the telecommunications company Bezeq, Shaul Elovitch, ordered the Walla! News site to present positive news coverage of Netanyahu and his family in exchange for the Israeli Communications Ministry improving regulations and policies that would benefit Elovitch.