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Jerusalem - Netanyahu Tried To Get Media Outlet To Attack Rival’s Wife, Report Says

Published on: December 7, 2018 10:34 AM
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FILE - Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to a faction meeting in the Israeli parliament on November 19, 2018. Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90FILE - Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to a faction meeting in the Israeli parliament on November 19, 2018. Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90

Jerusalem - Benjamin Netanyahu tried to convince the owner of a popular news site to run a negative story about the wife of a political rival, according to a television report.

Israel Television News reported that the prime minister called on Shaul Elovitch — at the time the owner of Walla News — to run a report saying that Gilat Bennett, the wife of Education Minister and Jewish Home faction leader Naftali Bennett, once worked as a chef in a nonkosher restaurant. The report, about events said to have happened in 2002, was never published.

The police have previously recommended that Netanyahu be indicted for allegedly offering Elovitch favors in exchange for better coverage. Earlier this week they again recommended his indictment in a separate case in which he stands accused of offering a similar quid pro quo to the owner of the Yediot Acharanot daily newspaper.

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Bennett described the prime minister’s alleged attempt to tar his wife as as “despicable and cowardly act.” In turn, the Likud party accused the prominent national-religious politician of hypocrisy and of slandering first lady Sara Netanyahu.

Netanyahu has previously complained about press coverage of his own family. Earlier this year Sara Netanyahu was indicted for allegedly using $100,000 in state funds to order takeout from high-end restaurants despite employing a cook at government expense. Police have recommended she be indicted in the Elovitch case as well.



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 Dec 07, 2018 at 12:24 PM Sholi-Katz Says:

WOW - If this is true, it changes everything many think about him. If he had the dirt on Bennet himself, that might be fair game (as politics), but his wife?? The question then becomes "how low can you get". If it turns out true, my wish is - he never again serve as prime minister. His excuse - of them attacking his wife Sara makes it even worse, Sara was stealing money (if true) and Bennet's wife was trying to earn a honest living. I really can't believe Netanyahu would stoop so low,

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 Dec 07, 2018 at 03:47 PM Anonymous Says:

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Sholi-Katz Says:

WOW - If this is true, it changes everything many think about him. If he had the dirt on Bennet himself, that might be fair game (as politics), but his wife?? The question then becomes "how low can you get". If it turns out true, my wish is - he never again serve as prime minister. His excuse - of them attacking his wife Sara makes it even worse, Sara was stealing money (if true) and Bennet's wife was trying to earn a honest living. I really can't believe Netanyahu would stoop so low,

U cant believe he wld stopp so low??? LOL! Mamzir ben mamzir. Hes the lowest of the lowest of humankind.

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 Dec 08, 2018 at 02:24 PM lazy-boy Says:

all's fair in love and war, and maybe politics?

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