Opposition leader and Zionist Union head Isaac Herzog is one of the two Israeli politicians being investigated of possible suspected criminal behavior in two unrelated cases by Israel Police’s fraud squad, Channel 2 reported on Wednesday.
The second politician is Interior Minister Arye Dery. Haaretz reported on Tuesday evening that aside from the latter probe, the police are looking into information alleging that a senior politician received funding for political activities from interest groups. It now emerges that Herzog is that politician.
Herzog said he welcomes the probe but said it stems from “political slander that Likud and frustrated activists tried to disseminate before the elections, and were denied at the time.”
“I’m sure the probe will disprove these strange claims once and for all,” he said, adding that he will cooperate with the examination fully.
Though both cases have been under investigation for the last few months, both are still at a relatively early stage, so it’s hard to predict whether they are liable to end in indictments.
So far, neither of the politicians have been questioned under caution.