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How Netanyahu profits from media reports against him

Likud members fear Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wrath and thus do not react to his statements criticizing the press.
A woman is seen through a coffee shop window as she reads an article about Ben Zygier in an Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper in Jerusalem February 15, 2013. Zygier, the Australian immigrant reported to have been recruited by Israel's Mossad spy agency, was charged with grave crimes before he committed suicide in an Israeli jail, one of his lawyers said on Thursday. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) - RTR3DTPG
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To answer the question of how an important, legitimate and necessary investigative piece by a respected veteran journalist could be turned by the prime minister into a radical left media conspiracy to unseat him, we must look back to the night of his landslide victory in the last election on March 17, 2015.

For Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it was not only a political victory over his rival on the left — leader of the Zionist Camp, Isaac Herzog — but also a victory over the “left-wing media.” Even during the election campaign, Netanyahu argued on social media that the publisher of Yedioth Ahronoth, Noni Mozes, is working against him and to elect Herzog by means of “ridiculous, false and provocative smears against me and against my wife as part of a media campaign to replace the Likud government with a left-wing government.” For the first time in Israel, the prime minister led a personal delegitimization campaign against the owner of a leading paper and hitched this fight to his election campaign.

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