Ilan Yeshua, the CEO of Walla News, recorded site owner Shaul Elovitch ordering him to treat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu favorably on the popular site. It was reportedly this recording that ultimately convinced Netanyahu’s former aide Shlomo Filber to turn state witness.
Netanyahu, Elovitch, Filber Photo credit: Flash 90
The CEO of a leading Israeli news site handed the police an audio recording of the site’s owner, Bezeq chief shareholder Shaul Elovitch, pressuring him to give positive coverage to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yediot Ahronot reported on Thursday.
According to the report, it was this recording that ultimately convinced Shlomo Filber, Netanyahu’s former aide, to sign a deal with the State Attorney’s Office to testify against his former boss.
Police investigators reportedly received the recording earlier this week while questioning Ilan Yeshua, the CEO of Walla News, about allegations that Elovitch guaranteed Netanyahu favorable treatment on the site in exchange for the promotion of regulatory benefits for his businesses.
On Wednesday, Israel News Company published a series of quotes from Filber’s testimony. “At first I thought (Netanyahu) gave me the job out of appreciation, but today I realize I was used as a pawn in a game,” Filber reportedly told the police.
“I was carrying out direct orders given by Netanyahu, it wasn’t even up to me,” he added. “I received detailed instructions from him, he told me whose interests to promote and how.”