David Amsalem
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Knesset Internal Affairs Committee Head MK Dudi Amsalem (Likud) slammed the police's handling of the Netanyahu investigations, calling its decision to use the premier's ex-chief of staff Ari Harow as state's witness 'immoral,' and claiming that the aggressive investigating tactics used against Netanyahu stemmed from ulterior motives.

Amsalem told Arutz Sheva that police were willing to do anything to avoid admitting they made a mistake by investigating Netanyahu. "From the second they decided to investigate him, they have dedicated everything they have to convict him." contended Amsalem.

"In the State of Israel, the police have greater motivation when it comes to interrogations of a prime minister than they do with private citizens", he continued. "I assume that if a gardener in the Jerusalem municipality got a box of cigars, they would not send dozens of investigators abroad and keep investigating even after spending tens of millions."

Amsalem was referring to the investigation nicknamed 'Case 1000,' in which police are investigating expensive gifts, such cigars and champagne, that rich tycoons lavished on Netanyahu. Police are also probing Netanyahu in the unrelated 'Case 2000,' over allegations that the premier agreed to close down the Israel Hayom daily in exchange for favorable coverage from its Yediot Aharonot rival.

Police said last week that they suspect Netanyahu of fraud and breach of trust.

In a dramatic twist, former Netanyahu chief of staff Ari Harow agreed to testify against Netanyahu, and reportedly told police that he was tasked by the premier to move a deal forward with Yediot Aharonot publisher Noni Mozes.

Amsalem contended that a still-serving Prime Minister should be immune from police investigations. "A prime minister in a complicated country such as ours needs to run the state, and not direct his attention to personal investigations," he said. "During his term of office he certainly should not be investigated for white-collar offenses, and certainly not for past offenses."

"He should finish his job and then he can be interrogated like any other citizen."