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Netanyahu ex-aide to testify against him in bribery cases


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Netanyahu ex-aide to testify against him in bribery cases

A former chief of staff to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to provide testimony on behalf of the state in two cases in which the Israeli leader has been questioned as a suspect.

Ari Harow served twice under Netanyahu before resigning in 2015 amid allegations he had improperly handled private business affairs.

Netanyahu, who is accused of bribery, fraud and breach of trust has described the court injunction as a “witch-hunt.”

The decision by Harow to turn state witness is part of a plea bargain in his own, separate corruption case.

Even if eventually indicted, Netanyahu would not be obliged by law to resign.

Another former Netanyahu aide who worked with Harow said that his testimony could be a “bombshell” against the prime minister, given the extent of his knowledge.