Gratification scandal, Netanyahu's close man arrested by Israeli police





Tel Aviv
 The issue faced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is deepening with the arrest of a number of his close associates regarding the growing gratification investigation. One of those arrested was a former spokesman for Netanyahu's family.

The arrest was made less than a week since the Israeli police claimed they had enough evidence to indict Netanyahu over allegations of fraud, bribery and breach of trust. As reported by CNN Tuesday (20/2/2018), Israeli police have revealed that they have arrested seven people over allegations of impeding investigation, fraud, breach of trust and a number of other indictments.

Those arrested, referred to as believers or people close to Netanyahu. Two of them are Nir Hefetz who is a former spokesperson for the Netanyahu family and Shaul Elovitch who is a multi-millionaire owner of an Israeli media company considered a close associate of Netanyahu.

The arrest was made on Sunday (18 / 2) local time, after a joint investigation between the police and the Israeli Security Authority (ISA), which conducted its own investigation last year. In court documents filed with the Tel Aviv Tribunal, the judge, who in his decision detained one of the suspects, said there was a "major development" in the investigation. But the judge did not explain the progress in question.

Netanyahu has not been named a suspect in a recent investigation, which the local public calls the '4000 case' or 'Bezeq case'. Bezeq is an Israeli telecommunications company in the center of the investigation.

In this case, the charges focus on the practice of conspiring senior Bezeq officials with the Israeli Ministry of Communications to benefit Bezeq. One of them fabricated a total receipt of 170 million shekels to benefit Elovitch. Instead, Netanyahu and his family got positive reviews from Elovitch's online media, named Walla! News.

The arrest of seven Netanyahu-linked men is seen increasingly bringing police to Netanyahu, who has repeatedly denied any violation of the law. Hefetz was arrested on charges of obstructing investigations and accepting bribes. Hefetz through his lawyer has denied this accusation.

While Elovitch is charged with fraud, bribery, money laundering, breach of corporate trust and several other charges. Like Hefetz, Elovicth also denied the charges through his lawyer. Elovitch is known to own the cable company 'Yes' and control the shareholders of Bezeq.

In addition to the two names, the five others arrested were Elovitch's wife and boys, Iris and Or, Elovitch's right hand, Amikam Shorer, then CEO of Bezeq Stella Handler and Former Director General of the Ministry of Communications of Israel Shlomo Filber. It is known that Netanyahu has served as Israel's Communications Minister. Filber served under Netanyahu.

Case 4000 is the fourth case that dragged Netanyahu and those close to him. The other three cases are 1000 cases, 2000 cases and 3000 cases. Netanyahu has been named as a suspect in the first two cases. A third case investigation or 3000 case is still continuing. The case involved the purchase of German assault vessels and submarines for millions of dollars.

(nvc / ita)


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Israeli F-16 Fighter Jet Fall Shot Syria Air Force




Tel Aviv
An Israeli fighter jet crashed after being fired at by the Syrian Air Force while launching an offensive against Iran's "targets" in the country. This incident was the most serious incident between Israel and Iran since the outbreak of civil war in Syria in 2011. It is also the first time, Israel has publicly acknowledged that it attacked Iranian targets in Syria .

Israeli army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said both fighter jet pilots of the fallen F-16 were reportedly safe in the incident. Earlier the Israeli military alerted Iran that it was responsible for unmanned drones or drones entering Israeli territory. Israel has also repeatedly reminded of the existence of Iranian forces in the Syrian region.

"The Israeli military is targeting the Iranian control system in Syria that sends UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) into Israeli airspace," Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, adding that the Syrian Air Force then fired antiaircraft missiles up to an Israeli F-16 fighter jet.

"Iran is responsible for this severe violation of Israeli sovereignty," Conricus said as quoted by AFP news agency AFP , Saturday (10/2/2018).

In a separate Israeli military statement mentioned, Israeli troops identified an "Iranian UAV" launched from Syria and intercepted it in Israeli airspace with a fighter. The F-16 fighter plane crashed in the valley of Jezreel, in northern Israel.

"During the attack, some anti-aircraft missiles were fired into IAF (Israeli Air Force) aircraft," the Israeli military statement said.

"The pilots are wrong one plane jumped as a procedure.The pilots landed in Israeli territory and were taken to the hospital for medical treatment, "added the Israeli military.

(ita / ita)


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Shoot down Israeli F-16 Jet Fighter, It's Syria




Damascus
The Syrian Air Defense has succeeded in stopping the Israeli offensive into a military base in the country today. According to Syrian state media, anti-aircraft missiles are fired on more than one Israeli warplane.

This was reported by Syrian media after the Israeli military declared that a fighter jet had crashed after being fired upon launching attacks against "Iranian targets "in Syria. The Israeli army said the attack was carried out after it intercepted an unmanned drone believed to be Iranian.

"In the early hours of the morning, the Zionist enemies committed a new aggression against one of our military bases in the center of the country," Syria, SANA as reported AFP, Saturday (10/2/2018).

"Our air defenses drive him out and hit more than one plane," SANA added.

Earlier, Israeli army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said the two F-16 fighter jet pilots had crashed, surviving the incident.

"The Israeli military is targeting the Iranian control system in Syria that sends UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) into Israeli airspace," Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said, adding that the Syrian Air Force then fired anti-aircraft missiles into a jet fighter F-16 in Israel.

"Iran is responsible for this severe violation of Israeli sovereignty," Conricus said as reported by news agency AFP, Saturday (10/2/2018).

In a separate statement Israeli military said, Israeli forces identified an "Iranian UAV" launched from Syria and intercepted it in Israeli airspace with a fighter. The F-16 fighter plane crashed in the valley of Jezreel, in northern Israel.

"During the attack, some anti-aircraft missiles were fired into IAF (Israeli Air Force) aircraft," the Israeli military statement said.

Israel has waged dozens of attacks air to Syrian armed forces and allies since the civil war broke out in the country in 2011. Iran and Russia are major military supporters for the Syrian government.

(ita / ita)


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Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli soldiers





West Bank
 A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in an offensive in Burqin village, West Bank, on Saturday (3/2). The hospital in Jenin said the teenager was shot in the head.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health says the dead teenager is 19.

The Israeli military claimed his troops were searching for suspects in the shooting of an Israeli rabbi in a settlement on January 9, 2018 . Last month, gunfire from Israeli soldiers killed an armed Palestinian man suspected of involvement in the rabbinic murder.

In addition, the Israeli side also said there had been riots as they arrested a number of people linked to the rabbis' shooting. The Israeli military claimed to tackle the unrest in a way that did not cause fatal consequences.

Tensions in the region have increased since United States President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017. At least 20 Palestinians and one Israeli died in tension in the region.

The Trump policy is said to infuriate Palestinians who want to create an independent state in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israel was called to seize those territories in the 1967 Middle East War and annex East Jerusalem in a way not internationally recognized. The city of Jerusalem is called Israel as the eternal and indivisible capital.

The peace talks between Israel and the US-led Palestinians failed in 2014. The offer by the Trump government to restart the talks has yet to show any signs of tangible progress.
 
(haf / nvl)


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