Today, Monday, the opposition leader in Israel, former Prime Minister Yair Lapid, began giving his three-day testimony in cases of corruption, bribery and breach of trust in which current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being tried.
Lapid’s testimony comes from the period in which he assumed the finance portfolio in one of Netanyahu’s previous governments.
Lapid is an important witness in what is known as “File 1000,” in which the prime minister was accused of fraud and breach of trust, as a result of receiving luxurious gifts of cigars, champagne, and jewelry worth 700,000 shekels (180,000 euros) between 2007 and 2016 from wealthy people, in exchange for financial or personal services, including Among them is his friend, the Israeli producer in Hollywood, Arnon Milchin.
It is suspected that Netanyahu, in return, promoted a tax project that would have saved his friend millions of dollars, but Lapid, the then finance minister, opposed the project.
On the other hand, Netanyahu says that he did nothing but accept gifts from his friends without asking for them, and his lawyers said in October 2019 that they had received an expert legal opinion, concluding that he had the right to accept gifts from close friends.