Israel police say evidence Netanyahu lawyer committed crimes in bribery probe

There are reports that the lawyer and relative of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has committed crimes. (File/AFP)
Updated 08 November 2018
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Israel police say evidence Netanyahu lawyer committed crimes in bribery probe

JERUSALEM: Israeli police said Thursday at the conclusion of a long-running corruption probe that there was evidence a lawyer for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu committed crimes.
Referring to David Shimron, a relative of Netanyahu and his family lawyer, “there is evidence that he committed bribery offenses and money laundering” in connection with Israel’s purchase of German submarines manufactured by industrial giant Thyssenkrupp, police said in a statement.
The statement said a former chief of Netanyahu’s office, David Sharan, is also suspected of bribery, as is the former head of the navy, Major General Eliezer Marom.
Netanyahu was never named as a suspect in the case, though he was questioned as part of the investigation.
The police’s findings will now be handed over to the attorney general, who will decide whether the suspects should be charged.
The probe is one of several that have led to intense scrutiny of Netanyahu.
In February, police recommended Netanyahu be indicted in two graft probes, though the attorney general has yet to decide whether to do so.


How Meir Kahane’s toxic legacy poisoned the Palestinian peace process

Updated 22 April 2019
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How Meir Kahane’s toxic legacy poisoned the Palestinian peace process

  • Brooklyn-born rabbi who demanded forced emigration of Arabs and inspired Israel’s far right is latest subject of Arab News ‘Preachers of Hate’ series
  • As a member of the Israeli parliament, Kahane proposed laws to strip Arabs of citizenship and force their emigration

JEDDAH: As Israel’s most right-wing government in living memory prepares to take office, the outlook for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process has rarely been more dismal.

After his narrow election victory this month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is clinging to office by assembling a coalition of Knesset members with no interest in peace. They range from far-right ultra Zionists to overt racists. Many, in particular the Otzma Yehudit, or “Jewish Power” party, are acolytes of Meir Kahane — a Brooklyn-born rabbi who co-founded the militant Jewish Defense League in 1968,  joined the West Bank settler movement and established an extremist Israeli political party.

It is because of this toxic legacy that Kahane is the subject today of Preachers of Hate — the Arab News series that exposes extremist clerics of all religions and nationalities, places their words and deeds in context, and explains their malign influence on those who follow them.

As a member of the Knesset, Kahane proposed laws to strip Arabs of citizenship and force their emigration. 

In the end he proved too extreme even for the Israeli far right; he was disqualified from running for office, and was eventually assassinated in New York in 1990.

Kahane’s hatred lives on, however, in Israel’s continuing rejection of the Palestinian people’s entitlement to basic human dignity, far less a meaningful peace process and an independent state.

As the leading academic and Arab News columnist Yossi Mekelberg writes today: “Few people have contaminated the discourse within Israel with sheer hatred and anti-Arab bigotry as much as Meir Kahane.”

 

Also Read: Meir Kahane: A torch to fuel anti-Arab hatred