According to a report on Israel’s Channel 10 television station, State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss has recommended to the attorney general, Menachem Mazuz, that his office open an investigation into donations received by Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres. Lindenstrauss passed along to the attorney general the information collected by his office after he was unconvinced by explanations offered by Peres at a hearing the comptroller held on the matter.
The alleged illicit donations to Peres’s labor party primary campaign include hundreds of thousands of dollars from overseas supporters. According to the suspicions raised by the comptroller, the donations came primarily from three billionaire donors.
By way of his attorneys, Peres denied the allegations implied in the comptroller’s recommendation, insisting that the donations were legally given and received before the primaries began.