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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Netanytahu Faces Jail for Adelson Payoff Deal

[Source] US billionaire Sheldon Adelson is expected give testimony to Israeli police in the coming days regarding alleged underhanded dealings between Prime Minister Benajmin Netanyahu and Israeli media mogul Arnon “Noni” Mozes, as part of a corruption probe brought against the premier, according to a report by Israel’s Channel 10 News on Monday.

Adelson is expected to testify as to the extent of his knowledge of an alleged ‘quid pro quo’ arrangement between Netanyahu and Mozes, which would have provided benefit to Mozes’ Yedioth Ahronot newspaper in exchange for more favorable coverage for the premier, while in return limiting the circulation of the paper’s Adelson-owned rival, Israel Hayom.

It is unclear if Adelson will travel to Israel to testify or whether he will submit written or video testimony to police, the report said.

In leaked audio recordings between Netanyahu and Yedioth publisher Mozes, the two men reportedly discuss practical steps for lowering the influence of Adelson’s free pro-Netanyahu Israel Hayom, which has cut into a significant share of Yedioth’s circulation and revenues.

In an excerpt of the 2014 recordings published Israel’s Channel 2 News on Monday, Mozes says him and Netanyahu need to “think about the details of the law” to curb Israel Hayom,stressing any future legislation’s wording will “have to cite a number (of copies), not ‘two-thirds.’, the Times of Israel quoted.

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