Netanyahu’s attorney says all conversations with Adelson and Regev to be published

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attorney responded to the publication of Netanyahu’s average amount of calls with Sheldon Adelson and Amos Regev, making clear that additional information will be released. “It’s not something unique – everyone talks to publishers.”
Netanyahu and Adelson spoke about 100 times Photo Credit: Effi Sharir/Flash90

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled information including his conversations with Israel HaYom owner Sheldon Adelson and with the newspaper’s former editor, Amos Regev. The general information – an average of 0.75 conversations with Adelson and a 1.5 average of conversations with Regev – was published following a petition filed by reporter Raviv Drucker after the courts ordered that Netanyahu release information concerning the amount of calls and when they occurred. Following much criticism, Netanyahu’s attorney clarified this morning (Sunday) that everything will be published.

During an interview with Niv Raskin on Israel’s Army Radio, Attorney Amit Hadad stated that both the conversations with Adelson and Regev will be published according to the court ruling. “It’s not something unique – everyone talks to publishers,” Hadad said. “Everyone knows it and this is first class hypocrisy.”

Israeli coalition leader David Bitan also addressed the conversations yesterday, stating that he will require data from the Prime Minister’s Office regarding conversations from former Israeli Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert with leading publishers. “I’d like to know how many times Olmert spoke with the Yedioth Aharonoth publisher when he was prime minister and how many times Barak spoke with newspaper publishers,” he stated.

“Everyone’s making a big deal out of nothing,” Bitan added defending Netanyahu. “He’s not the only person who speaks with newspaper publishers.”

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