Nir Hefetz, a longtime media adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his family, sits in a Magistrate court in Tel Aviv, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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An ex-aide to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has signed a state witness deal in a corruption probe linked to his former boss, Israeli media reported Monday, dealing a new setback to the premier.The widely reported agreement between Israeli authorities and Nir Hefetz, a former spokesman for the Netanyahu family, comes as corruption investigations into the prime minister intensify.An aide to Netanyahu immediately denounced the reports and proclaimed the long-serving prime minister's innocence.Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that Hefetz had agreed to hand over recordings of Netanyahu and his wife as part of the state witness deal.Last month, Israeli police recommended Netanyahu's indictment on two other cases of alleged bribery. Polls have suggested Netanyahu could remain prime minister in fresh elections despite the corruption investigations hanging over him.
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