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Netanyahu Is the Champion at Getting Off Cheap

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It’s hard to think of any public figure who has received more concessions from the law enforcement system than Benjamin Netanyahu.

All Israeli prime ministers have gotten VIP treatment. There was no search of the Sharon family’s Sycamore Ranch during the investigation of then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s son Gilad, nor were there any wiretaps. When the state comptroller referred various cases involving Ehud Olmert to Menachem Mazuz, the attorney general at the time said it was better for the comptroller to investigate. The appointment calendars kept by Olmert’s office manager, Shula Zaken, sat in the State Prosecutor’s Office for months.

And still, Netanyahu is in a different league with regard to the lenient treatment he has received over the years. In one of the cases against Olmert, the prosecution adopted the rare tactic of obtaining a pretrial deposition from a witness, just four days after the witness was first questioned by the police. Yet nobody ever dreamed of obtaining a pretrial deposition from, say, Arnon Milchan, the key witness in what is known as Case 1000, for fear that he wouldn’t return to Israel to testify.

Just a few months after U.S. businessman Morris Talansky gave his pretrial deposition in Olmert’s case, Mazuz had already decided to prosecute Olmert. But it has been three and a half years since the undercover investigations of Netanyahu in cases 1000 and 2000 first........

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