Attorneys for Danny Dankner, former chairman of Bank Hapoalim, told radio interviewers Thursday morning that their client had never given any bribe money to fix construction and development permits. According to police, Dankner is suspected of giving NIS 1.5 million in bribes to Israel Land Administration officials, most notably ILA director Yaakov Efrati, for advancing a land deal Israel Salt Industries and the state. Dankner and Efrati were arrested Wednesday.
The suspicions were uncovered as part of the investigations into the Holyland Park affair. According to investigators, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert approved the deal twice – once as head of the ILA when he was Industry, Trade, and Labor Minister, and once as Finance Minister.