ISRAELI detectives are reportedly close to convincing one of Benjamin Netanyahu’s former top aides to give evidence against him in a potentially significant development to a long-running corruption investigation.
Police are reportedly in talks with Ari Harrow, the prime minister’s former chief of staff, to become a state’s witness in their probe into allegations Mr Netanyahu accepted lavish gifts and made an illegal deal with a newspaper publisher.
The leaked news that one of Mr Netanyahu’s closest confidantes might be turning against him electrified Israeli politics and the story featured prominently on newspaper front pages on Wednesday.
Mr Harrow, a 44-year-old American-born Israeli, began working for Mr Netanyahu in 2002 and held a number of roles in his office. He became the prime minister’s chief of staff in 2014 but was forced to resign after just a year
He was later placed under house arrest on suspicion of fraud, relating to a sale of a company that he owned before taking the chief of staff post.
According to Israeli media reports, police are now using the threat of a fraud indictment to pressure Mr Harrow into cooperating in their investigation against Mr Netanyahu.