Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bennett Leaked Information about Netanyahu That Led to Investigations

According to Aluf Benn in Haaretz, High-ranking Likud officials claimed over the weekend that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara Netanyahu, are seeking to keep Habayit Hayehudi out of the coalition because of personal issues concerning party chairman Naftali Bennett. 

One confidant toold Haaretz, the Netanyahus lost their trust in Bennett a former chief of staff of Netanyahu and that Sara “issued a veto” against bringing the party into the ruling coalition. 

Another Netanyahu associate claimed  that Netanyahu believes his former bureau chief leaked information to the media on criminal and governmental investigations of the prime minister in several different cases. 

One of the stories linked to Bennett's leaking is believed to be the story revealed by Raviv Druker on Channel 10, that attorney-general ordered investigation of the prime minister over allegations that haredi singer and businessman Dedi Graucher illegally transferred cash to Netanyahu. In January 2013, the police announced there's not sufficient evidence to launch an investigation against the Prime Minister.

Another highly placed source said Netanyahu does not want Bennett in his coalition because the prime minister wants to renew negotiations with the Palestinians, or at least to give that impression, in order to improve his image in the eyes of the international community. 

A Likud cabinet minister, meanwhile, said Sunday that he believed Netanyahu would eventually bring Habayit Hayehudi into his coalition.