Israel Hayom owner questioned in connection to Netanyahu scandal

Authorities question Sheldon Adelson for a second time in corruption case against PM Netanyahu.

JTA,

Sheldon Adelson with his wife Miriam
Sheldon Adelson with his wife Miriam
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American Jewish billionaire philanthropist Sheldon Adelson was questioned by police for a second time in a corruption investigation of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Adelson met on Monday with investigators from the Israel Police serious crime investigative unit. His wife Miriam also was scheduled to meet with investigators.

Police have assured the Adelsons that they are not suspects in the investigation, known as Case 2000. Adelson first met with investigators in May when he and his wife visited Israel in connection with President Donald Trump’s visit.

The couple on Sunday night attended a Birthright Israel event marking the project’s 600,000th participant milestone.

Adelson, a casino magnate, is the owner of the Hebrew-language newspaper Israel Hayom, which is distributed for free. Part of the investigation includes accusations that Netanyahu and Arnon Mozes, publisher of the left-wing daily Yediot Aharanot, discussed a deal in which Netanyahu would receive favorable coverage in Yediot in exchange for legislation that would cut into the circulation of Adelson’s paper.

In recordings obtained by police of Netanyahu and Mozes discussing such a deal, they referred to Adelson as the “gingy,” or redhead. Investigators reportedly have asked if Adelson was aware of the deal. Reports following the first round of questioning said that Adelson was not made aware of the deal by Netanyahu.

Miriam Adelson reportedly deals with the couple’s Israeli affairs, including the newspaper. The couple is considered to be close friends of the Netanyahus.








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