Netanyahu claims speaking to journalists is part of democracy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the petition asking him to reveal his conversation with billionaire Sheldon Adelson and former editor-in-chief of Israel Hayom newspaper Amos Regev.
Spoke hundreds of times Photo credit: Flash 90/ Reuters/ Channel 2 News

This evening (Thursday), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the petition asking to reveal his conversations with former Israel Hayom newspaper editor-in-chief Amos Regev and owner Sheldon Adelson. According to Netanyahu, he spoke with Adelson 100 times in the past 3 years and 200 times with Regev.

Netanyahu claimed that all politicians speak with journalists and publishers. “There is a constant and ongoing dialogue between the politicians and the media,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “This is accepted in democracy.” To prove his point, the prime minister posted a video of the Zionist Camp’s Spokesperson speaking with the editor of Ynet only hours before the last election.

“Of course, I spend the majority of my time managing the country’s affairs,” he added. “But from time to time, usually during the night after I finish my work, I speak to media too. I present to them the great work that we are doing for Israel and its citizens and offer them to publish the stories.”

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