The Guardian daily revealed Wednesday new aspects of "Israeli" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife's scandal.
According to the daily, the Australian casino owner James Packer and the Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan probably never imagined they would be running a free drinks delivery service for the "Israeli" prime minister and his wife.
But when Sara Netanyahu called an assistant of the two men to say the drinks had run out, it was the signal for Packer and Milchan to renew the supplies of champagne, courtesy of their own wallets and a private driver, according to testimony in an investigation into accusations against Benjamin Netanyahu.
The claims, widely reported in the "Israeli" media on Tuesday, are the latest leaks from a police investigation into the Netanyahus. If true, they would illustrate how brazen the couple were in demanding favors.
According to the reports, first carried by "Israel's" Channel 2 and Channel 10 on Monday night, Hadas Klein, an assistant to both Packer and Milchan, has given evidence describing how the Netanyahus would routinely call demanding cigars, champagne and even that the bill be paid for a building inspector.
While the "Israeli" prime minister has repeatedly denied the items represented anything more than goodwill between friends, the leak suggests that the Netanyahus always initiated the favors.
"There was an understanding that Arnon had to supply the Netanyahus with whatever they want," Klein reportedly told police, describing how a driver was employed to deliver the cigars and champagne to the apartheid entity.
According to Klein, the demands extended to services as well. "Sara would yell at me," Klein said. "[She] wanted a building inspector who worked with Packer and Milchan to come consult with professionals from the prime minister's office about leakage in the official residence.
"I didn't OK it, and then she yelled that I and Milchan were humiliating her and Bibi [Benjamin Netanyahu's nickname], that we weren't approving things ... Bibi called himself and said it wasn't right ... that they need to understand what she's going through with the media [which the Netanyahus accuse of persecution], and that they had gotten legal advice and it's all permissible."
The evidence reportedly supplied by Klein relates to the so-called "gifts affair", also known as case 1,000, one of two criminal investigations into the "Israeli" prime minister. Police questioned him for a fifth time last week.
Netanyahu has repeatedly said the investigations "will produce nothing because there was nothing".
Source: The Guardian, Edited by website team