Report: Netanyahu ‘Illegally’ Destroyed Documents before Leaving

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Photo: MathKnight, via Wikimedia Commons)

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly destroyed documents stored in safes before leaving office, according to Haaretz.

Staff at the Prime Minister’s Office were ordered to shred the documents prior to Naftali Bennett taking position as the new PM. The office said it is “unfamiliar with this issue”, while a Netanyahu spokesperson rejected the allegation as a “total lie”. No such thing ever happened,” the spokesperson said.

The documents were stored in safes in what is known as the “aquarium”, where the PM and his senior aides are located. While it’s unclear which documents were destroyed or how many, the safes are thought to contain “schedules of senior officials, documents related to their work and other material,” Haaretz reported, noting the move to destroy the files is a violation of Israeli law.

“All documents, whether public or private, are supposed to be preserved in the office’s archives, especially documents related to professional matters,” the report added.

On Wednesday, an Israeli group involved in protests against Netanyahu threatened to petition the county’s high court if the Likud leader does not leave vacate the premier’s residence by June 27, according to Israeli media.

It comes after a photograph of Netanyahu hosting former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley at the official Jerusalem residence surfaced online, prompting a slew of criticism over how the opposition leader is able to host foreign officials at a residence no longer his own.

Bennett, who took office on Sunday, heads a disparate coalition of Israeli parties united by little more than their opposition to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Bennett is a controversial right-wing figure who has previously boasted of “killing Arabs” and said that he would annex most of the West Bank and not allow a Palestinian state.

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