JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israeli police have arrested more than two dozen current and former officials in a corruption probe, including several from the party of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, a police spokeswoman said Thursday.
Local media reported that the investigation was one of the most “important” anti-graft operations in the country’s history and could strike a blow to Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu party just three months away from a general election.
According to police, “millions” of shekels of public funds have allegedly been transferred to organisations close to the party.
Officials implicated include the deputy interior minister Faina Kirshenbaum, who has been questioned by police.
Her daughter Ronit will remain in custody until Sunday, the spokeswoman said.
Former tourism minister Stas Misezhnikov was also detained.
A total of 24 people have been arrested while another four remain under house arrest, the spokeswoman added.