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Israelis protest proposed Netanyahu immunity bills

AP — Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in the central city of Tel Aviv Saturday, protesting proposed legislation granting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution on a series of corruption charges. The protesters outside the city’s Museum of Art also called for protecting Israel’s democratic identity against government… Read More

Israeli police recommend bribery charges against Shikun & Binui

Israel’s police and its securities regulator said they had sufficient evidence to proceed with a bribery case against Shikun & Binui, Israel’s largest construction group, its units and senior executives. Police did not name any of the individuals involved and a spokesman for the force was not immediately available to… Read More

Netanyahu’s July hearing on possible indictment delayed to October

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received on Wednesday a three-month delay, until October, for a hearing to argue against the attorney-general’s plan to indict him on graft charges. Netanyahu’s attorneys had requested a postponement until May 2020 to give them more time to examine the evidence in three corruption cases,… Read More
9th May 2019
U.S. prosecutors have filed money laundering charges against two Israelis who allegedly made millions of dollars operating a website connecting customers to sellers of fentanyl, heroin, guns and other illegal goods, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. It said Tal Prihar, an Israeli living in Brazil, and Michael Phan, an… Read More
27th March 2019
AP — German prosecutors have launched their own investigation into the sale of submarines to Israel, where several former aides to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and ex-officials already face corruption-related charges. Bochum prosecutors told the dpa news agency Tuesday they had opened the case against persons unknown based upon… Read More
28th February 2019
Israel’s attorney-general announced on Thursday he intends to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges, a decision coming just six weeks before a closely contested national election. It was the first time a serving Israeli prime minister has been put on official notice of planned prosecution, and deepened uncertainty… Read More
11th December 2018
Israel has become a full member of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), making it the 38th member of the global anti-money laundering body. The jurisdiction has ‘worked to meet the requirements’ for full membership, which includes undergoing a successful mutual evaluation. “Since the start of its observership in February… Read More
6th December 2018
AP — A shadowy Israeli billionaire who made his fortune in the insular world of diamonds has suddenly found his empire in jeopardy after close associates were busted in a massive smuggling ring and an employee mysteriously plummeted to her death from his high-rise Tel Aviv… Read More
5th December 2018
AP — An Israeli company known for its sophisticated phone surveillance technology on Monday rejected accusations that its snooping software helped lead to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The NSO Group has faced similar claims in the past that its products were used to… Read More
21st November 2018
AP — Israeli police on Tuesday recommended charges be brought against the interior minister in a major corruption case. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said there is an “evidentiary basis” that Aryeh Deri committed fraud and breach of trust, as well as millions of shekels in tax offenses and money… Read More
7th November 2018
The son and brother of Israeli billionaire diamond magnate Lev Leviev are among suspects arrested in Israel in connection with a diamond smuggling scheme, according to court documents released on Tuesday. The case focuses on Leviev’s company, LLD Diamonds, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of polished diamonds, Police have… Read More
3rd October 2018
AP — One of Israel’s most prominent businessmen has entered prison to begin a three-year term for securities fraud. Former IDB Holding Corp. controlling shareholder Nochi Dankner began his term Tuesday for his role in carrying out millions of dollars’ worth of fraudulent transactions in… Read More
13th August 2018
Israeli-American billionaire Shari Arison was questioned by Israeli police on Sunday in connection with an ongoing bribery investigation into the country’s largest construction firm, Shikun & Binui, her company said. Arison’s investment arm Arison Group recently sold control of Shikun & Binui to U.S.-Israeli businessman Naty Saidoff. Arison was summoned… Read More