Sara Netanyahu pressed publisher for positive coverage

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 5: (AFP OUT) Wife of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sara Netanyahu looks on as U.S. President Donald Trump and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in the Oval Office of the White House March 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. The prime minister is on an official visit to the US until the end of the week. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Miriam Adelson, publisher of the Israel Hayom daily,  said that Sara Netanyahu told her to defend her husband, Israel’s prime minister, against critics or be responsible for Israel’s destruction, an Israeli television channel reported.

Adelson, who is also the wife of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, said this sometime after January 2017 during questioning by police on the nature of the relationship between the Adelsons and Netanyahus.

Miriam Adelson said that Sara Netanyahu demanded more and better exposure for herself and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel Hayom, which is seen as supportive of Netanyahu.

The questioning was in preparation for what is known as Case 2000, in which Netanyahu allegedly made this deal: The prime minister would support a law banning free daily papers — that would hurt Israel Hayom, Yediot’s main rival. In return, Yediot would give Netanyahu positive coverage.

The negotiations, which Sara Netanyahu recorded, did not materialize. In February, Israel’s attorney general recommended indicting the prime minister for bribery over the talks.

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