The secret tape: Netanyahu negotiated favorable press coverage with media mogul
Netanyahu Caught on Tape Negotiating Mutual Benefits With Businessman
At the heart of Case 2000 is an attempt at an unambiguous deal between money and government. Sources who spoke with Netanyahu said he was surprised by evidence against him.
Gidi Weitz Jan 08, 2017 12:46 PM
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Busted: Netanyahu caught on tape offering to cripple paper’s competitor for favorable coverage
08 JAN 2017 AT 09:15 ET
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly been caught on tape negotiating to limit the circulation of the country’s largest newspaper in exchange for favorable coverage from its top competitor.
Haaretz reported that the tape is the centerpiece of a corruption investigation called Case 2000.
The tape is said to have captured Netanyahu negotiating with Yedioth Ahronoth owner Noni Mozes. Netanyahu allegedly offered to suppress the circulation of Israel Hayom, a pro-Netanyahu paper owned by billionaire Sheldon Adelson, if Mozes agreed to help the prime minister get reelected.
The Yedioth Ahronoth’s advertising revenue has reportedly taken a hit in recent years due to the popularity of Israel Hayom, which is free.
Netanyahu was questioned by investigators last week is a different case over gifts he received.