Former Netanyahu spokesman becomes witness in corruption probe

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By Middle East Affairs

A former spokesman for the Israeli prime minister signed a state’s witness deal on Monday in one of the corruption cases against the nation’s leader, Reuters reports.

Nir Hefetz is a suspect in alleged regulatory favors that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave to Bezeq, Israel’s biggest communications company.

The allegations suggest that Bezeq gave positive coverage to Netanyahu in return for regulatory breaks that were worth millions of dollars.

Hefetz has agreed to give evidence for the prosecution, according to the news agency.

Reuters could not immediately reach Hefetz’s lawyer, nor did a police spokesman answer his telephone.

A source close to Netanyahu told Reuters this agreement was no big deal.

“The constant race for state’s witnesses is the best proof that (the authorities) don’t have anything — and won’t have anything.”

Hefetz was Netanyahu’s offical spokesman from 2009 to 2010 and a media adviser to his family from 2014 to 2017. He is now on house arrest.

Netanyahu and Bezeq deny all accusations.

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