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Netanyahu wanted Adelson to buy news site involved in graft case — report

US casino mogul Sheldon Adelson was one of the billionaire acquaintances of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu whom the premier wanted to see buy an Israeli news website that lies at the heart of a corruption case in which police have recommended that the premier be indicted for bribery, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily newspaper reported Thursday.

In addition to Adelson, who is known to be close to Netanyahu, other potential buyers of the Walla website were Australian businessman James Packer, founder of the Oracle Corporation Larry Ellison, and investor Paul T. Marinelli, the report said.

Netanyahu’s ties to Shaul Elovitch, the owner of Walla, have been the subject of an investigation known as Case 4000, in which police recommended this week that the premier be indicted. Officials believe Netanyahu advanced regulatory decisions benefiting Elovitch, the controlling shareholder in Bezeq, the country’s largest telecommunications firm — despite opposition from the Communication Ministry’s career officials — in exchange for positive coverage from Elovitch’s Walla news site.

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