The Israeli Supreme Court has ordered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to provide information on conversations with Israel Hayom newspaper’s owner and editor-in-chief.

Netanyahu and Adelson

Netanyahu and Adelson Photo credit: Efi Tsafrir/ Flash 90/ Reuters/ Channel 2 news

Today (Monday), the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must provide the dates of the conversations held with former Israel Hayom newspaper editor-in-chief Amos Regev and owner Sheldon Adelson since 2012, based on the Freedom of Information Law.

With this, the Supreme Court accepted the petition filed by journalist Raviv Drucker and Channel 10 News after the Jerusalem District Court rejected their previous petition. The judges agreed unanimously that despite Netanyahu’s claim, Regev and Adelson’s privacy will not be damaged as only the dates of the calls were requested and not their transcripts.  

Israel Hayom

Israel Hayom Photo credit: Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

The petition was initially filed after the person in charge of the Freedom of Information Law in the Prime Minister’s Office refused to provide the information. “The two persons to whom the request relates (Regev and Adelson) are personal friends of the prime minister,” he wrote. “Whose conversations with them are private conversations unrelated to the prime minister’s ministerial work.”