Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was expected to be interrogated by police for the third time at his Jerusalem residence on Friday, the Jerusalem Post reports.
The premier is set to be questioned again on his meetings with Yediot Aharonot publisher Arnon “Noni” Mozes, according to a Channel 2 report on Thursday. In the 2014 meetings, Netanyahu allegedly discussed passing a law that would force Israel Hayom to charge for its paper.
The move would have severely weakened the daily, which is Yediot’s main competitor and has significantly cut into its revenues.
In return, Mozes reportedly promised the prime minister better coverage in Yediot Aharonot.
Mozes was questioned on the matter, which police dub “Case 2000,” for the sixth time on Thursday.
According to the report, police are also expected to further question Netanyahu regarding “Case 1000,” in which the premier is suspected of having illegally received gifts from Israeli and foreign businessmen worth hundreds of thousands of shekels.
The prime minister has repeatedly denied the allegations, saying “nothing will happen, because there is nothing.”
Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics posted new data regarding Holocaust survivors in Israel before International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday. In the report, the survivors are defined as those who were "exposed to the Nazi regime."
Yael Finestein from the Demography and Census Department, said that "the definition of Holocaust survivors changes from one organisation to another, and we decided to compose a Bureau report on the subject. We built a model based on prior surveys concerning individuals who defined themselves as having been exposed to the Nazi regime and those who weren't, but lived in the relevant countries and during the relevant years. We took into consideration the course of their lives and compared it to the definitions used by the Claims' Committee."
The survey distinguishes between three groups. The first consists of over 63,000 Israelis who lived in a ghetto, in hiding, in a concentration camp, or in an extermination camp between the years 1933-1945. Around 30,000 are refugees who were forced to leave their places of residence, and about 109,000 lived in countries under the control of the Nazi regime.
Another definition taken into account is "victims of antisemitic harassment" during the Second World War. They consist of approximately 55,000 people entitled to stipends, and another 5,000 whose application is being processed: 54 per cent come from Morocco, 39 per cent from Iraq, and 7 per cent from Algeria.
The statistics bureau also made assessments with regard to the mortality of Holocaust survivors, according to which, by 2020, their population will diminish by 23 per cent.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said on Thursday that he supports the decriminalisation of marijuana use. The minister said he is adopting the conclusions of a panel he tasked with reviewing the matter, Ha’aretz reports.
The new policy would still require the cabinet's approval because it should be coordinated with other government ministries, Erdan said.
The panel recommended shifting focus from criminal prosecution of users to administrative fines and educational campaigns. Criminal prosecution, he said, should only be used as a last resort.Friday, January 27, 2017