Israel: Police examine an audio recording that implicates Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli police, investigating the possible involvement of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in corrupted business, examines a recording of a conversation with a press manager about presenting Benjamin’s case in a favorable light, according to the information broadcasted on Sunday, as AFP revealed.

According to the private television station Channel 2, the police is in possession of a registered conversation between Benjamin Netanyahu and Arnon Moses, owner of Yediot Aharonot newspaper.

Typically, this journal is offering a hostile position against Benjamin Netanyahu.

The same Israeli TV channel stated that they discussed about “an agreement that would help Yediot Aharonot in exchange for a favorable coverage” of the premier.

According to Channel 2, the conversation between Benjamin Netanyahu and the editor was referring to the possibility of reducing or closing circulation the weekly newspaper supplement of HaYom, Moses’ family rivals.

Instead, Yediot Aharonot would reduce its traditionally hostile tone against Benjamin Netanyahu. The TV channel did not mention when this conversation took place and whether any agreement was concluded.

The prime minister was questioned on Thursday by investigators for five hours, for the second time in a week, on some gifts that he is suspected of receiving illegaly from different businessmen.

Earlier, Channel 2 reported that Benjamin Netanyahu has received seven or eight boxes of cigarettes from Arnon Milchan, an Israeli businessman, Hollywood producer and friend of the prime minister. The total value of these cigarettes is tens of thousands of dollars, according to Channel 2.

The television station also said that police suspected that Arnon Milchan would have given champagne valuing more than $ 100 per bottle, to Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara.

One of Benjamin’s lawyers said on Friday that those suspicions are empty of any substance, recalls AFP.