Archiv: corruption


16.02.2019 - 02:35 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Fight Against the State Knows No Bounds

It is clear that Netanyahu is incapable of running state affairs as if he isn’t in the midst of a legal battle, while the state is incapable of functioning as though its prime minister isn’t immersed in corruption cases. We must put an end to this saga as soon as possible.

14.02.2019 - 12:25 [ Haaretz ]

Bibistan vs. Israel

Netanyahu has declared war on the state. This is what the election is really about. It’s not Netanyahu versus Gantz and Lapid and Gabbay; it’s not right versus left, or right versus the soft right or the center-right. It’s Bibistan versus Israel. One side still refuses to see this; the other side is already two thousand steps ahead of it.

Netanyahu has launched an all-out war. To him, the end of his rule equals the end of the world, so the precept of “kill or be killed” applies.

14.02.2019 - 12:16 [ i24NEWS / Youtube ]

Indictment Hovers over Netanyahu as Elections Loom

THE RUNDOWN | Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s biggest obstacle to staying in office may not be at the ballot box, but in the office of Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit. He must decide if and when to file corruption charges against Netanyahu.

12.02.2019 - 14:47 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Avigdor Liberman: Benjamin Netanyahu may take a plea deal and resign

(10.2.2019) The deal would involve Netanyahu resigning in exchange for not being put on trial, in which case Likud would have to elect a new leader before the elections, “an upheaval” whose results would be unpredictable, the Yisrael Beytenu chairman said.

12.02.2019 - 14:37 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu expands legal team as indictment announcement looms

(10.2.2019) With the attorney general gearing up to announce a possible indictment against him, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has beefed up his defense team, hiring prominent defense attorney Pini Rubin, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said Sunday.

12.02.2019 - 14:29 [ Anshel Pfeffer, @haaretz writer ‏/ Twitter ]

Intensifying rumors going around Jerusalem that Netanyahu planning to resign in return for a plea bargain or so he can raise money for his mounting legal bills, are hard to confirm or credit, but could explain his bizarre scorched-earth campaign, lack of discipline and planning>>

07.02.2019 - 10:44 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Gantz: Israel should not be ruling over another people

Daum: Moshe Ya’alon, your partner, thinks the Oslo Accords were a terrible disaster. He opposed the Gaza disengagement and he thinks there is no Palestinian partner to talk to. Where do you stand on these issues?

Gantz: The main question is that of security. It needs to ensure the State of Israel’s security. Now, there’s a question of interest here. We—and Netanyahu said this in his Bar-Ilan speech (a 2009 address in which the prime minister backed Palestinian statehood) —are not looking to control anyone else. We need to find a way in which we’re not controlling other people.

07.02.2019 - 10:43 [ voanews.com ]

Netanyahu Rival: Israel Should Not Control Palestinians

The leading challenger to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a published interview Wednesday that Israel should „find a way“ to end its control over the Palestinians.

Former military chief Benny Gantz made the comments in an interview with the Ynet news site. It was his first interview with the Israeli media since his maiden political speech last week.

04.02.2019 - 16:33 [ Jerusalem Post ]

52% of public, 10% of Likud: Netanyahu should resign if indicted – poll

The sample included 600 respondents, representing a national sample of the adult population of Israel aged 18 and over. The maximum sampling error for the entire sample was ± 4.1% at a confidence level of 95%.

03.02.2019 - 11:35 [ Washington Post ]

Netanyahu’s legal woes should be a boon for Israel’s left, but it’s busy imploding

Labor in 2017 named as its leader Avi Gabbay, a millionaire who made his money at the helm of Israel’s largest telecom provider.

Just a year earlier, Gabbay had been a minister in Netanyahu’s cabinet for a small centrist party he had helped found. Gabbay’s appointment as Labor’s leader has turned off many in that party, who are now calling for his removal.

02.02.2019 - 02:53 [ Punch Nigeria ]

Brazil judge reopens probe into scandal tied to president’s son

A supreme court judge in Brazil on Friday overturned an injunction requested by President Jair Bolsonaro’s senator son that had frozen a probe into a suspicious payments scandal involving a former close aide.

The development dealt a blow both to the son, Flavio Bolsonaro and to the president, who has unsuccessfully been trying to distance himself from the growing scandal, which now also implicates his wife.

31.01.2019 - 08:20 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Closes Gap on Netanyahu: Dramatic Rise in Polls After Debut Speech

When asked who should be prime minister, 36% of those polled by Channel 12 said Netanyahu while 35% said Gantz.

A poll held last week showed that Netanyahu would lose four Knesset seats if Attorney General Avichai Medelblit announces his intention to indict him for accepting bribes ahead of the election.

31.01.2019 - 08:16 [ Haaretz ]

Benny Gantz Breaks Silence: Netanyahu Is No King, Can’t Keep Seat if Indicted

Former Israel Defense Forces chief Benny Gantz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s biggest challenger, formally announced his candidacy for the premiership Tuesday and said his government would „strive toward peace and not miss an opportunity to achieve peace in the region.“

„Netanyahu is no king, his government sows division and incitement,“ Gantz said, speaking at the Tel Aviv Convention Center.

19.01.2019 - 03:32 [ Reuters ]

Brazil probe finds suspect deposits in Bolsonaro son’s account: report

The report on the National Journal, Brazil’s main nightly news program, said that the Council for Financial Activities Control (COAF) had identified 48 deposits made into the account of former Rio de Janeiro state lawmaker and Senator-elect Flavio Bolsonaro, the son of President Jair Bolsonaro.

04.01.2019 - 19:20 [ Haaretz ]

A Panicked Netanyahu Is Bracing for the Inevitable

In fact – and Bibi gets this – he will have no choice. The public will demand his resignation and some of the coalition parties will do likewise. Likud ministers who see the Promised Land looming will turn their backs on him, and maybe more than that. He will lose his ability to function, his legitimacy, the moral authority to lead a state. The land will heave, and at the end of the road the High Court of Justice will await.

04.01.2019 - 19:12 [ CNN ]

Netanyahu slams ‚brutal pressure‘ to indict him during election period

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused the Israeli media, and what he characterized as „left-wing demonstrators,“ of applying „brutal and inhuman pressure“ on Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit to issue an indictment against him „at any price.“

01.01.2019 - 21:51 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Mandelblit to decide on Netanyahu indictment, hearing before elections

Mandelblit’s spokesman also confirmed the Hadashot report which said that Mandelblit met last week to consult with a mix of former attorney-generals, Supreme Court justices and head state attorneys: Yehuda Weinstein, Meir Shamgar, Aharon Barak, Moshe Lador, Elyakim Rubinstein, Dorit Beinisch, Edna Arbel, Gavriel Bach and Zvi Zamir.

According to the report, all those present unanimously said that the decision must be published pre-election.

29.12.2018 - 20:42 [ Haaretz.com ]

Waning Support for Netanyahu Hits His Party in the Gut

An Israel Television News Company survey found that 52 percent of the public does not wish to see him return to the Prime Minister’s Office, while 34 percent do. Not so long ago, the numbers were reversed, in his favor. Something has apparently dented this support.

29.12.2018 - 20:41 [ NPR.org ]

Former Israeli General Jumps Into 2019 Race To Challenge Netanyahu

ESTRIN: What Benny Gantz did today was form a new party called Israel Resilience. The word in Hebrew, (speaking Hebrew), indicates a toughness. And he used the word in a speech last month when he offered veiled criticism of the current leadership. There had been a lot of speculation that Gantz might run for office. When pollsters asked Israelis who they’d vote for, Gantz came in second even before he announced his candidacy. Gantz hasn’t spelled out his political platform yet, but Israeli commentators believe he’ll brand himself a centrist.

26.12.2018 - 12:09 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Attorney General Must Decide Now on Netanyahu

This is a very problematic message, to say the least. If Netanyahu is dragging a whole country into an early election in the hope of preceding the attorney general’s decision on the corruption investigations, then Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit’s decision to continue the process as if there were no election is tantamount to burying his head in the sand.

26.12.2018 - 12:02 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Elections – Netanyahu Tells Settler Leaders: The Left Will Try to Take Power With the Media’s Help

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told settler leaders on Wednesday that the left will try to take power in the upcoming elections „using the media and others.“

„They can’t be allowed to succeed,“ Netanyahu said at a meeting in Jerusalem, adding that a left-wing election victory „will be a clear danger to the settlement enterprise.“

26.12.2018 - 11:57 [ Haaretz.com ]

Israel’s Extensive Syria Strike Signals: Business as Usual Despite Trump and Putin

The strike in the Damascus area was likely aimed at a specific target such as Iranian weapons depots, but it has a wider geopolitical context

25.12.2018 - 21:47 [ Haaretz ]

Behind the Scenes of Netanyahu’s Decision to Go to Early Election

That morning Netanyahu had taken part in a ceremony swearing in the new Bank of Israel governor, Amir Yaron, and also held a lengthy meeting with the army’s ombudsman, Maj. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Brik. At 1:30 P.M., half an hour behind schedule, the meeting with the party heads began.

25.12.2018 - 21:40 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Day after election called, Netanyahu green lights new settler homes

A day after announcing new elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu worked to advance and approve 2010 new settler homes.

Separately he has fast-tracked the retroactive authorization of illegally built settler homes on private Palestinian property.

25.12.2018 - 21:35 [ Haaretz ]

April 9 Election Heralds Final Decisive Battle in Israel’s War of the Worlds

Netanyahu’s personal scorched earth campaign against the rule of law is now the battering ram of the right’s assault on democracy

11.11.2018 - 19:51 [ teleSUR ]

Honduras Police Arrest Anti-Graft Journalist Jairo Lopez At Gunpoint, Beat His Wife

„They threw me into the back of the car in a violent way, a guy threatened me with a gun, it’s a white car with a double cabin… nobody identified themselves to me, here I am at the DPI (Police Directorate of Investigations), the car they brought me in, is HAJ1374 and they tell me that it is an arrest warrant, “ Lopez told journalist and human rights defender, Dina Meza.

07.10.2018 - 20:55 [ CNN ]

Sara Netanyahu fraud trial puts focus on Israel’s controversial first family

On Sunday morning, she appeared composed as she arrived at Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court for her trial on charges of fraud and breach of trust, focusing on the alleged misuse of taxpayer dollars at the couple’s official residence at Balfour Street.
From April 2009 until March 2013, Sara Netanyahu ordered approximately $100,000 in meals from some of Jerusalem’s top restaurants, according to an indictment filed in June, which painstakingly detailed each transaction by month.

09.09.2018 - 12:35 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Corruption Probes Will Take ‚Months‘ to Complete, Prosecutor Says

(4.9.2018) The Tel Aviv district attorney for economic and tax crimes said Tuesday that it will take “months” before investigations are completed on corruption cases involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Liat Ben Ari Shwekey said the investigations could not be speeded up at the expense of the truth.

04.09.2018 - 07:20 [ Times of Israel ]

AG decries attacks on media, in veiled criticism of Netanyahu

Speaking at a conference organized by Hadashot TV news, Mandelblit said, “A free press is an essential component of a democratic society and it is of utmost importance to protect and guard it.”

He added that the role of the media was similar to that of the police and law enforcement.

25.08.2018 - 12:49 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent.com ]

More Ops, More Secrets, More Money: Mossad’s Supercharged Transformation

Technological developments are obliging espionage agencies to adopt diverse methods of operation: not only to dispatch agents to enemy countries and to recruit local sources for intelligence, but also to dupe people into serving as agents without their knowledge, to use mercenaries and to rely on new capabilities, such as cyberattacks. To avoid biometric identification, as well as to evade security cameras, espionage organizations are being compelled to make increasing use of unwitting local agents.

25.08.2018 - 12:37 [ israelnationalnews.com ]

Netanyahu: media corruption case is dead in the water

(17.8.2018) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was questioned in his home today (Friday) by police investigators, regarding an alleged tit-for-tat between himself and media mogul Shaul Alovich, who served as Communications Ministry Director under Netanyahu.

Netanyahu is now convinced that the case – known as Case 4000 – „has collapsed for good,“ according to sources close to him.

25.08.2018 - 12:33 [ Haaretz ]

$162K in Confiscated Jewelry Returned to Telecom Tycoon Embroiled in Netanyahu Corruption Scandal

(5.8.2018) Supreme Court Justice Isaac Amit on Sunday ordered police to return jewelry worth 600,000 shekels ($162,200) to Shaul and Iris Elovitch because it was seized without a court order.

The jewels were confiscated during the investigation of Case 4000 (the Bezeq bribery case). Amit said that taking the jewelry without a court order was illegal, thereby overturning rulings by the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s and District courts, and contrary to the state’s position.

25.07.2018 - 14:53 [ Yonhap ]

Probe team raids military unit over martial law allegations

The probe team is seeking to verify who directed the DSC to devise the martial law plans and if the unit really had an intention to put them into action.

The unclassified version of the DSC document included steps to hold sway over media, parliament and the spy agency under martial law. These steps were heavily criticized as a potential threat to the country’s democracy.

17.07.2018 - 12:21 [ teleSUR ]

Recordings Reveal Rampant Corruption: Peru Judiciary

President Vizcarra said the recordings revealed „not only the enormous degree of immorality with which those called upon to impart justice act, but also the existence of mechanisms and vices that pervert the administration of justice and that must be eradicated.“

28.06.2018 - 10:05 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s AG Says He Won’t Delay Netanyahu Probe Even if Elections Called

The attorney general also said there’s a feeling that the Knesset is trying to undermine the law enforcement system. “At times it seems the law enforcement system is standing alone,” he said, pledging to continue with the struggle against corruption.

25.06.2018 - 08:49 [ New Zealand Herald ]

China pyramid-scheme probe: Xiao Hua Gong charged in Canada, NZ police freeze nearly $70m

Nearly $70 million in New Zealand bank accounts has been frozen as part of a global investigation into a wealthy Chinese businessman accused of running a massive pyramid scheme from Canada.

Xiao Hua Gong has built a business empire in Toronto including a hotel chain and television channels, as well as attending fundraisers for Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and donating to the governing Liberal Party.

06.06.2018 - 15:49 [ Bloomberg ]

Wooing Trump Pays Off for Netanyahu as His Popularity Soars

(31.5.2018) Netanyahu’s grip on power is still potentially in jeopardy, and his political successes shouldn’t have a bearing on Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit’s decision whether to indict him in the corruption cases — in theory at least. But it would take an especially aggressive attorney general to indict a popular, sitting prime minister for the first time in Israel’s history, said Eran Vigoda-Gadot, a political science professor at Haifa University.

06.06.2018 - 15:41 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu: Only the A-G will decide whether to indict me

(7.2.2018) “So don’t worry,” Netanyahu said sarcastically. “There will be recommendations [to indict], and also signs reading ‘Bibi is guilty until proven otherwise,’” he said, criticizing signs that were spotted at the ongoing Saturday night anti-corruption protests in Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit’s neighborhood in Petah Tikva and at Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv.

05.06.2018 - 11:30 [ Shingetsu News Agency ]

How the Finance Ministry Was Corrupted

The document forgery scandal shaking Japanese democracy would not have occurred a decade ago, and it is important to understand how and why the Finance Ministry was so deeply corrupted during the Shinzo Abe era.

The Prime Minister’s Office has been gaining strength vis-a-vis the National Diet and the bureaucracy since the 1990s, which was a movement originally led by Ichiro Ozawa, advanced significantly by Junichiro Koizumi, but really brought into its own in the Abe era.

29.05.2018 - 10:41 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Israeli prosecutor to recommend indicting Netanyahu on corruption

The Israeli Attorney General is expected to recommend indicting Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of receiving bribes, Israel Channel 10 reported.

According to the channel, Nir Hefetz, the Netanyahu family’s former top media adviser has provided new information of great importance in the corruption case known as ‘Case 2000’ which could lead to further arrests.

13.04.2018 - 20:52 [ OddityCentral ]

World’s First AI Mayoral Candidate Promises Fair and Balanced Politics

(12.April) We’ve heard of robots and artificial intelligence taking human jobs, but I bet mayors didn’t really think their jobs would be threatened any time soon. They were wrong, and the AI running for mayor of a Tokyo district is clear proof of that.
Artificial Intelligence can’t legally run for high-ranking public administration positions yet, but one mayoral candidate from Tama City, Tokyo, intends to maximize the use of artificial intelligence in running municipal affairs, so he’s running his campaign as ‘AI Mayor’. Basically, he’s proposing replacing human public officials with AI and having them collect city data and create fair and balanced policies that will benefit everyone.

31.03.2018 - 02:40 [ Techdirt ]

Malaysian Government Pushes ‚Fake News‘ Bill Aimed At Curb-Stomping Reporting About Its Corruption

Back in 2016, the Malaysian government pushed for broad censorship of an already tightly-controlled internet. The basis for this push was the government’s inability to stop Malaysian media from reporting on government corruption. This reporting continued on platforms (and with news agencies) the government didn’t directly control. To shut this down, the government decided to strip immunity from media platforms, making them directly responsible for user content. This allowed the government to control the narrative by going after service providers, rather than those publishing inconvenient facts.