>> A dramatic turn in the building corruption cases against Benjamin Netanyahu. Local media reported Wednesday a confidant of the prime minister has agreed to turn state's witness in one of a series of corruption investigations. Posing a threat to Netanyahu's long dominance of Israeli politics. The confidant, Shlomo Filber, was arrested this week along with top executives of Bezeq Telecom Israel's largest telecommunications company.
Filber was appointed by Netanyahu to Head of the Communications Ministry. Police alledge Bezeq received regulatory benefits and in return, Netanyahu enjoyed favorable media coverage. Bezeq executives have denied the allegations. Netanyahu is also accused of receiving bribes from a wealthy businessman in trying to win favorable coverage from a newspaper by working to curtail the circulation of its rival.
In another case revealed this week one of Netanyahu's former spokesmen is alleged to have tried to bribe a judge to block a case against Netanyahu's wife for spending state money on personal catering. The Prime Minister is awaiting a decision by the Attorney General on whether to indict him as police recommended last week.