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“Tens of thousands of Israelis protest against Netanyahu, corruption Posted:Sat, 02 Dec 2017 19:49:20 -0500 JERUSALEM (Reuters) – About 20,000 Israelis demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Saturday against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is under criminal investigation over allegations of abuse of office.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/skFNlhdPhcc/tens-of-thousands-of-israelis-protest-against-netanyahu-corruption-idUSKBN1DW0Q8
According to the Reuters article, above, the protest was over a draft law which the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, is expected to ratify in the coming week, which would stop the police from publishing the findings of the Netanyahu investigations. According to critics, it “is a blatant attempt to protect Netanyahu and keep the public in the dark…”
Jonathan Lis – Haaretz reported on November 30, 2017: “Knesset holds special session to push controversial bill that would silence police: The Israeli parliament races against the clock to push the law that would bar police from issuing recommendations for indictments and is seen as protective of Netanyahu.”
The Washington Post reported on November 28, 2017 in “Israeli Knesset begins passing pro-Netanyahu legislation” that “Israel’s parliament has passed the first stage of a contentious piece of legislation that may prevent police from recommending if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be prosecuted….”
Lahav Harkov-The Jerusalem Post reported on November 27, 2017, “Knesset gives first nod to bill meant to save Benjamin Netanyahu from indictment” that “The bill prevents police from making a recommendation to the Attorney-General’s Office as to whether to indict a suspect or not in cases with an accompanying state attorney.” They explain that part of the bill involves media leaks. Those who leak details about the investigation to the media can get up to one year in jail.
Beware! Trump’s going to love it if his buddy Netanyahu pulls this off. After the tax scam was pulled off, Trump may try to run something like this through the US Congress.
“Israeli police resume interview of Netanyahu in corruption probe Posted:Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:28:55 -0500 JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli police officers on Sunday questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the sixth time in a corruption probe, a police spokeswoman said.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/5wXxxhHplH8/israeli-police-resume-interview-of-netanyahu-in-corruption-probe-idUSKBN1DJ0M1
“Police Question Israeli Leader Over Corruption Accusations” November 19, 2017 10:51 AM https://www.voanews.com/a/police-question-israeli-leader-over-corruption-accusations/4125404.html
Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson founded the newspaper “Israel Hayom in 2007 to support Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu“, according to the Forward .com article, “Donald Trump Gives First Interview as President-Elect to Sheldon Adelson’s Israeli Newspaper“, by Josh Nathan-Kazis November 11, 2016.
In the final weeks before the 2016 US Presidential election, Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam gave $20 million to support Trump, mostly via an anti-Hillary PAC. They also gave $5 million to his inaugural committee.
In August, the Haaretz newspaper asked: “Is Netanyahu the De Facto Editor of Adelson’s Newspaper?” (by Revital Hovel, 08.08.2017): “Israel’s top court ruled Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must divulge information on his meeting with Sheldon Adelson and the editors of the Israel Hayom (Israel Today) daily, published by Adelson and considered supportive of Netanyahu.”
“Adelson’s support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu … led the latter’s political opponents in the Knesset to sponsor a bill that would prevent the free distribution of newspapers in Israel.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Hayom Their reference is Harkov, Lahav (12 November 2014). “Israel Hayom bill ‘shames the Knesset,’ PM says“. The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 28 November 2015
It is interesting to go onto the Knesset web site to read comments about the law. However, Israel apparently doesn’t have the concept of open government-open government license. One may also read politicians twitter feeds in Hebrew.