Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal physician Dr. Tzvi Berkowitz said that the prime minister has stopped smoking cigars due to health problems.
This came as Netanyahu reportedly told police investigators on Monday that he does not smoke cigars because he suffers from sinus problems.
Speaking to radio station 103 FM, the doctor affirmed Netanyahu’s claim stating, “It’s not an alibi, it’s true.”
“He has not smoked cigars for a long time already. Also In the past he never smoked a lot. The reason is his nose” Berkowitz stated.
According to a police investigation termed Case 1,000, the prime minister is alleged to have accepted hundreds of thousands of shekels worth of fine cigars, including iconic Cuban Montecristos, Cohiba Sigla Vs and Trinidads from billionaire Israeli movie mogul Arnon Milchan.
Netanyahu’s lawyer Yaakov Weinroth has defended the cigar gifts stating in January, “Any reasonable person knows that someone bringing their friend cigars is not a criminal offense.”
On Tuesday details emerged that Milchan gave additional testimony last week in the criminal investigation.
According to a Channel 2 report on Tuesday, police are more likely to recommend indicting Netanyahu as a result of Milchan’s testimony. The billionaire is said to have supported the prior testimony of his secretary, Hadas, who reportedly gave specific details about the gifts given to the Netanyahus and was instrumental in purchasing and coordinating the gifts. Milchan reportedly told investigators he became “fed up” with giving gifts to the prime minister and his family.
Netanyahu’s lawyers repeated the prime minister’s mantra on Tuesday regarding the criminal investigations: “there will be nothing, because there is nothing.”
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