Israeli police question Netanyahu in telecom corruption case

Israeli police are questioning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of an investigation into a corruption case involving the country's telecom giant.

However, surveys also show that about half of Israelis believe the police over Netanyahu and think he should step down.

This is the ninth time Netanyahu has been questioned in various cases directly or indirectly concerning him. Police assert that Bezeq owner Shaul Elovitch had instructed the Walla news website, which is fully owned by the telecom company, to provide favorable coverage of Netanyahu and his wife in return for favors from communications regulators.

According to the broadcaster, the police will also interrogate Netanyahu's wife Sara and son Yair at the police department in the city of Lod.

Protesters outside the prime minister's home in Jerusalem shouted slogans and held placards condemning Netanyahu and calling him a liar.

Two former Netanyahu confidants have agreed to turn state's witness in the case.

Israeli police have already recommended indicting Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases.

Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing and says he is the victim of a "witch-hunt".

Netanyahu dismissed the investigations as "delusional, fabricated claims" that are part of an "orchestrated campaign" against him and vowed to "continue to lead the state of Israel responsibly, discreetly and with great dedication".

In return, police say Netanyahu operated on Milchan's behalf on USA visa matters, legislated a tax break and connected him with an Indian businessman. Israel's opposition accused Netanyahu of manufacturing the crisis in order to force a new election.

  • Joey Payne