Recent revelation of corruption charges against the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which included a conversation between him and the Israeli Jewish media mogul Arnon Mozes, adds another for evidence to the perspective that senior Israeli politicians use their offices to pursue their personal or sexual interests.
For Netanyahu, it is likely, that he wanted to guarantee economic interests for his Mozes in exchange for favourable media coverage which would lead to him to harvest political gains.
During a five-hour investigation session, the Israeli police questioned Netanyahu about his relationship with Mozes and he denied allegations related to their secret deal. However the Israeli police presented him with recordings of a secret conversation with Mozes.
Netanyahu and Mozes agreed to restore media dominance of one of the best-selling Israeli newspapers Yedioth Ahronoth, which Mozes owns. This deal, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz said, would offer financial and business advantages to Mozes at the expense of another Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, which had lost $190 Million in Seven Years.
The Israeli journalist Shuki Tausig wrote for The Seventh Eyes: “Netanyahu will act to reduce the circulation of rival newspaper Israel Hayom, and perhaps even stop it from putting out a weekend magazine edition.”
Tausig expressed his shock about this kind of action: “Such deals reiterate just how baseless many of the widespread axioms about the Israeli press and journalists are,” he wrote.
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Haaretz columnist, started one of her pieces about Netanyahu’s scandalous deal saying: “It as a revelation that is shaking up Israel’s political and media worlds as intensely as reports of a proposed secret deal between Donald Trump, CNN and Fox News would rock the United States.” She reflects the scale of the shock of this kind of offensive action which is tailored between two people who should be on top of the Israeli ethical models.
When Netanyahu had been faced with the tapes during the investigations, he said that he would support a law delegitimising secret recordings.
This follows a pattern. Indeed, first rumours of the scandal started to emerge several months ago, Likud attempted to take pre-emptive measures to protect Netanyahu from being ousted as a prime minister.
Likud MKs David Amsalem, who is the Knesset’s interior committee chairman, proposed a bill which protect a sitting prime minister from probes into minor offenses and despite opposition to this bill, it was approved and became a law.
Netanyahu’s corruption is not the first in the Israeli politics. This is, rather, a chronic issue even among high profile figures such as Yitzhak Rabin, known for his role in the Olso process, who was ousted in 1977 over what was known as the foreign currency scandal.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was forced to resign as Israel’s prime minister in 2009 over a series of bribery cases. Investigations into his corruption led him to prison.
Money is not the only thing which brings top Israeli moral models down, but also sex. This happened with the former Israeli President Moshe Katsav, who spent five years in prison for rape.
Israeli leaders have always committed countless aggressions against the Palestinians in the name of Israel. Yet through their corruption they have proved that they are not nationalists but opportunists. They oppress the Palestinians for the purpose of self-promotion and then their status as leaders to pursue sex and money.