Netanyahu denies involvement in dismissal of journalist who criticized him

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife released an official statement denying their involvement in the dismissal of a journalist from Israel HaYom, a newspaper owned by Netanyahu’s friend and businessman Sheldon Adelson.
The Netanyahu couple Photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO/Channel 2 News

Yesterday (Thursday), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara denied their involvement in the dismissal of journalist Dan Margalit from Israel HaYom, a newspaper owned by Netanyahu’s friend and businessman Sheldon Adelson. “We regret the false claims,” a released statement by the two wrote. “But there is no basis to the claims in reality.”

On Tuesday, Margalit announced that he was fired from the newspaper after a decade of working there. According to Margalit, he was fired by the new editor of the newspaper Boaz Bismuth because of ideological differences. “Bismuth, who just traveled with Netanyahu, fired me from Israel HaYom,” he Tweeted. “It’s not for monetary reasons as I wasn’t offered a salary reduction.”

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Margalit Photo credit: Gideon Markowicz/POOL/ Channel 2 News

The news of Margalit’s dismissal follows a series of articles and statements published recently against Netanyahu. In a number of cases, columns he wrote against Netanyahu were edited on the newspaper and on the site to be less harmful while his Tweets continued to be sharp and critical.



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