Israeli television reported on Tuesday evening that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a practical—if amusing—claim in his defense to the Israel Police investigating him for allegedly receiving illicit gifts.
In the affair, dubbed "Case 1000" by the police, Netanyahu allegedly received and pink champagne for his wife and cigars worth hundreds of thousands of shekels from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan.
It was reported that that the prime minister claimed that he could not possibly have smoked such large quantities of cigars "due to a problem in his nasal cavity."
Allegedly, there are several months a year when he cannot smoke at all. He reportedly offered interviewing his personal physician for confirmation.
According to a report on Channel 10, Netanyahu was questioned by the police exclusively in relation to Case 2000, which concerns conversations between Netanyahu and the publisher of Yedioth Ahronoth, Arnon Mozes.
"In his questioning, Netanyahu said that his personal attorney, David Shomron, knew about the intention to record Mozes ahead of time
"Today, Netanyahu announced that he would give up attorney-client privilege so that police investigators would be able to question Shomron." It was also reported that Netanyahu told the investigators that "if he had lost the election and if the law (the Israel Hayom Law) would pass, he was considering making use of the recordings, but since he won and the law was shelved, he gave up the idea."
Arnon Mozes is the publisher and owner of Yedioth Ahronoth Group, which includes Ynet.