Police believe Ms Kirshenbaum, like Mr Lieberman an immigrant from the former Soviet Union, is the key player in suspected misuse of government funds in exchange for kickbacks and appointments tainted by nepotism. Other allegations against members of Mr Lieberman’s party include, disrupting the police investigation and destroying documents. Others have been arrested for fixing tenders and receiving bribes. Mr Lieberman, who has a long history of fighting corruption charges, has not been implicated in this scandal.
Yisrael Beiteinu issued a statement saying it is confident in the innocence of the suspects and claiming that the arrests and investigations are aimed at subverting its electoral prospects. It also that said police had publicised investigations during previous campaigns. “The fact that this was done once again during elections points to the intention to damage Yisrael Beiteinu,’’ it said.