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Israel's Netanyahu dismisses media reports of gifts investigation

Monday, January 02, 2017 - 01:19

Israeli PM Netanyahu dismisses allegations ahead of reported questioning over gifts from businessmen. Mia Womersley reports.

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Israel's Prime Minister will be questioned by police on Monday evening. Benjamin Netanyahu is suspected of receiving gifts from businessmen, according to Israeli media. Breaching his role as a public servant. Netanyahu's office has denied any wrongdoing. (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAYING: "We notice all the media publications, we notice the celebratory mood in the television studios, in the opposition. I want to tell them: wait with the celebrations, don't rush. I've said it before and I'll say it once again: there will be nothing because there is nothing. You will continue to release hot air balloons into the air and we will continue leading the state of Israel." Israeli newspapers said the probe related to gifts worth "hundreds of thousands of shekels" given to Netanyahu by Israeli and foreign businessmen. The 67-year-old has been in power on and off since 1996. He and his wife have weathered several scandals over the years. They include investigations into the misuse of state funds and an audit of the family's spending on everything from laundry to ice cream. The couple has denied any wrongdoing. Israeli commentators say Netanyahu may be questioned. But point out that this has happened many times in the past...And the prime ministers have continued governing, sometimes for years.

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Israel's Netanyahu dismisses media reports of gifts investigation

Monday, January 02, 2017 - 01:19