Report: Netanyahu ordered illegal shredding of docs before Bennett takeover

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows a slideshow during a briefing to ambassadors to Israel at the Hakirya military base in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 19, 2021 [SEBASTIAN SCHEINER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]

Shortly before Israel's Naftali Bennett took over as prime minister, his predecessor Benjamin Netanyahu ordered documents be shredded in his office, a report claimed yesterday. Sources who worked for Netanyahu said the former prime minister ordered them to discard the documents on Sunday, one day before the new government was due to take office. It was unclear which or how many documents were allegedly destroyed. According to both civil service regulations and a cabinet decision, the shredding of documents is illegal. All documents, whether public or private, are meant to be preserved in the office's archives, particularly documents pertaining to professional matters. In a statement, the Prime Minister's office stated it was "unfamiliar with this issue," but claimed it would look into […]

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