Amb. Danon: Slander and lies

Israel's ambassador to the UN says report on investigation against him politically motivated, timed to coincide with holding of event.

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Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, responded in an interview Tuesday evening to the report by Israel's Channel 2 News that the State Prosecutor had ordered the police to initiate a probe against him.

According to the news report, Danon allegedly provided salaries and jobs to Likud activists who were close to him through an association called Maoz Tzionot, headed by a person who is also close to him.

"A whole week of slander and lies," Danon said of the report, adding that it was not a coincidence that "the article on it was published just before an event I held."

"This is a politically-motivated smear. The report was planned and scheduled as part of a calculated process," he added.

Danon said that he was not afraid of the probe. "I am pleased about the inspection. It's good that things are checked out. I trust the system and I'm sure they'll do a good job."

Danon noted that there were a good many errors in the Channel 2 report. According to him, an e-mail mentioned in the repot was said to have been signed by him while at the United Nations, except that it was sent out before he assumed his post as Ambassador to the UN. Another email says that he was in Jerusalem while at the time he was actually in New York.

"I was elected to a high position in the Likud primaries and received more than 30,000 votes, not because of the number of people working in the Zionist organization. The report presented the false narrative that it was because I transferred money to the Council that I came in high on the Likud list. The truth is exactly the opposite. The Council's budget was increased in 2015, but that is the year in which I came in lower in the Likud primaries,," he said.








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