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Former defense minister believes Israeli Prime Minister will be indicted

Former defense minister of Israel Moshe Ya’alon believes the Israeli Prime Minister will be indicted on corruption charges.

Mr Netanyahu has been the subject of three separate investigations, one of which involves allegations he accepted lavish gifts from businessmen overseas, including Australian billionaire James Packer.

Netanyahu has been questioned several times in connection with the first two investigations — over suggestions he inappropriately accepted gifts from businessmen overseas and over accusations he made a deal with Arnon Mozes, owner of one of Israel’s leading newspapers, Yedioth Ahronoth. That agreement allegedly involved the newspaper toning down its attacks on the Prime Minister in exchange for Netanyahu ensuring that circulation of a rival paper was reduced.

Mr Ya’alon, who resigned from the Netanyahu Government over policy disagreements, has since announced plans to form his own party and run against Mr Netanyahu.

The third case under investigation involves the purchase of German submarines and attack boats. The procurements were made during Netanyahu’s premiership, but so far he has not been questioned and the Attorney General has said he is not a target of the investigation.

Mr Packer last month agreed to face questioning by Israeli police over allegations he and Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan gave Mr Netanyahu and his family hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gifts, including cigars, champagne and hotel rooms.

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