Israeli news outlets reported on Monday that the Israeli prime minister’s son Yair Netanyahu will likely be questioned by investigators in the corruption probes against his father. In addition, recently turned state’s witness Nir Hefetz reportedly said the young Netanyahu had influenced major strategic decision-making in Israel.
Benjamin and Yair Netanyahu Photo Credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO
Yair Netanyahu, son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is expected to be questioned by Israel Police as part of its investigations in Case 4000, according to reports in Israeli news outlets on Monday. In addition, former aide turned state’s witness Nir Hefetz reportedly told his associates that the young Netanyahu has greatly influenced strategic and security decisions in the country.
According to a report in Israel’s Hadashot News, Hefetz said he had previously alerted senior officials of Yair’s involvement in strategic decision-making. Hefetz reportedly told his close associates that although he respects the prime minister, Netanyahu had come under the influence of his wife and son. Hefetz claimed the two “managed” the prime minister also in political and national issues.
Netanyahu’s office dismissed the allegations on Monday. “The statements attributed to Nir Hefetz regarding Sara and Yair Netanyahu are nonsense,” the statement read. The office explained that Hefetz was prevented from accessing sensitive information and decision-making meetings for over seven years.
As previously reported by JOL, the information and evidence that Nir Hefetz is planning to give the police officers investigating Case 4000 could be enough to substantiate the suspicions against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Recent reports indicated that that apart from the alleged recordings in his possession, Hefetz is expected to provide investigators with meeting transcripts and schedules he had recorded throughout the years. Hefetz will reportedly be granted full immunity for his testimony in the case.