Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial continues without the typical media hype around every little detail that characterized coverage in previous years. Of the four cases Netanyahu is facing, the most serious is “Case 4000,” in which the former prime minister is accused of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. The “give and take” was between Netanyahu and Shaul Elovitch, owner of Eurocom Group who is also the controlling shareholder of Israel’s Bezeq telecommunications company and the Walla news portal.
According to the charges, Netanyahu delivered on his part of the bargain by personally intervening in regulatory decisions favoring Elovitch, that translated to at least 1.8 billion shekels. Elovitch in turn tilted Walla’s news coverage in favor of Netanyahu and his family when asked to do so.
The indictment further charges both Netanyahu and Elovitch with covering up their corrupt activities by, in the case of Elovitch and his wife, destroying “evidence found on their mobile phones … and instructing (Walla CEO Ilan Yeshuah) to give false and contradicting versions regarding...
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