Nir Chefetz, a former media adviser to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, has signed an agreement to become a state’s witness in Case 4000. A gag order has been placed on further details.
Chefetz, who was arrested on February 19, becomes the second state’s witness in the case which involves suspicions that persons close to Netanyahu, at the time of the allegations serving as communications minister in addition to being prime minister, agreed to promote Bezeq’s economic interests in exchange for favorable coverage by Walla! News, which along with the telecommunications giant is owned by Shaul Elovitch, another suspect in the case.
Sources close to Netanyahu, who is currently attending the annual AIPAC convention in Washington DC, dismissed the news, saying that “when there is something concrete, you don’t need even one state’s witness. When you don’t have anything, even a thousand state witnesses won’t help.”
“The incessant race after state’s witnesses is the best proof that there is nothing, and there will be nothing,” they added.
Shlomo (Momo) Filber, the suspended director general of the communications ministry and a long-time confidant of Netanyahu’s, signed a state’s witness agreement in the case on February 21.
Filber is expected to provide testimony to police about Netanyahu’s ties with business people and media moguls during the period that Netanyahu served as communications minister from November 2014 until February 2017. In exchange, Filber is expected to avoid jail time, and will apparently not be fined.
Filber is suspected of breach of public trust, deception, and fraud for his alleged role in pushing the business interests of Bezeq CEO Elovitch in contrast to the public interest.
Investigators of the Lahav 433 anti-corruption unit questioned Netanyahu at his residence in Yerushalayim on Friday morning, while his wife Sara Netanyahu was questioned at the unit’s headquarters in Lod. Elovitch, his wife, Iris, and Chefetz were also questioned Friday morning.
Last month the court ordered five other suspects in case 4000 released to house arrest: Elovitch’s wife, Iris; his son, Or; Bezeq CEO Stella Handler; Bezeq’s deputy CEO for business development, Amikam Shorer; and the company’s media advisor Eli Kamir.