By Uri Blau and Judy Maltz
18 January 2017
Reports on the police investigation into suspicions of graft by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have focused on stories of lavish gifts of cigars, pink champagne and Mariah Carey concert tickets. A Haaretz investigation, however, reveals that the two main players in the probe – billionaires Arnon Milchan and James Packer, who allegedly showered Netanyahu and his family with these expensive gifts – were linked to a global security firm run by former top Israeli security and intelligence experts.
Haaretz has found that Milchan and Packer were involved in a global security firm called Blue Sky International. They also attempted to recruit the current Mossad chief for a new cybersecurity operation.
Blue Sky International, established by Milchan at the end of 2008, operated on the Switzerland-Israel-India-Australia axis until it ceased operations. Certain aspects of BSI’s activities came up during the ongoing police investigation into the Netanyahu affair.