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Excerpt: "Media tycoon Arnon Mozes is the businessman who negotiated a quid pro quo with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in conversations caught on tape that came to light on Sunday."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Noni Mozes. (photo: Atef Safadi/AP/Moti Kimche)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Noni Mozes. (photo: Atef Safadi/AP/Moti Kimche)


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Netanyahu on Secret Tape: Negotiated Favorable Press Coverage With Media Mogul

By Nati Tucker, Haaretz

08 January 17

 

The scandal rocking Israel: Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes allegedly suggested to give the PM positive coverage. In return, Netanyahu would stymie Mozes' biggest competitor – Sheldon Adelson-owned newspaper Israel Hayom.

edia tycoon Arnon Mozes is the businessman who negotiated a quid pro quo with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in conversations caught on tape that came to light on Sunday.

Haaretz reported Sunday that suspicions in the main corruption affair involving Netanyahu are backed by recordings documenting contacts between him and a businessman over mutual benefits.

According to Channel 2, several months ago Netanyahu offered Mozes, publisher of the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, a deal that would limit the circulation of the free daily Israel Hayom, Yedioth's top competitor and widely regarded as the prime minister's mouthpiece. In return, Mozes would make Yedioth's coverage more sympathetic to Netanyahu.

Israel Hayom, now Israel's largest newspaper, is owned and published by U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a close confidant of the prime minister.

Mozes was questioned in the case last week and released under certain conditions.

Channel 10 reported that the negotiations were an effort by Netanyahu to prevent Yedioth Ahronoth from publishing a story about his son Yair. The conversations were apparently recorded by Mozes, whose financial benefit from such a deal would be significant.

The taped conversations were brought to the attention of Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit months ago. Mendelblit and State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan believed that while the affair had far-reaching ramifications politically, its legal status was unclear, Channel 2 reported.

In August, Netanyahu said he was considering promoting a bill that would bar recordings of conversations without consent from all the parties involved.

Not the first attempted deal

TheMarker reported in November that a few months before returning to power in 2009, Netanyahu spoke with Mozes and reached a secret deal. The two had been in a power struggle since 1996, when Netanyahu first became prime minister.

"He promised me that Israel Hayom wouldn’t publish a weekend edition," confidants quoted Mozes as saying.

Mozes believed that the deal would save Yedioth, which badly suffered when Israel Hayom launched in 2007. In 2009, Netanyahu was gearing up for the election that would return him to power and tried to thwart attacks from Yedioth, then Israel's biggest newspaper.

A few months later, however, the battle resumed in full force. At the end of 2009, Israel Hayom began publishing a weekend edition whose circulation reached the hundreds of thousands.

Yedioth retaliated with investigations and attacks on Netanyahu and then-Defense Minister Ehud Barak; it also backed a bill that would have prevented the publication of a free newspaper.


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+29 # danireland46 2017-01-08 11:11
What is surprising about this revelation? Netanyahu's corruption is obvious for a lot of reasons, particularly, his ruthless treatment of the Palestinians, Remember, the maps of my youth identified the land he now controls as PALESTINE, not Israel.
 
 
+3 # Radscal 2017-01-08 23:19
Yeah, first the accusations of bribery, then the second time he was questioned by law enforcement, and now this.

Bet Nutty Yahoo would love for something to divert Israeli's attention away from this.

Oh, "ISIS" just drove a truck through a bunch of IDF and civilians in Jerusalem!

After 5+ years of Israel supporting the "rebels" in Syria, (including air strikes against SAA forces fighting ISIL), and never once having ISIL touch a hair on a single Israeli's head.... this.

Again, I am not a fan of the Grand Coincidence Theory of History.
 
 
+8 # Shaas 2017-01-08 11:16
Any Media expert will tell you, if he dares, that over 50% of all "news reporting" in the media is paid for, or taken from press releases, etc. etc.

It's nothing new.
 
 
+4 # CDMR 2017-01-08 13:12
I think it is well above 50%. It mostly depends on what kind of stories are dominating the news at the time. News reporting is a very profitable business. These are people who are in the business because they like to take money.
 
 
+6 # librarian1984 2017-01-08 15:07
I think they like to rub up against power too. Jimmy Dore in one interview excoriated Brian Williams beautifully, likening him to William Hurt in Broadcast News -- likable, charming -- but willing to read the lines without question.

I noticed after Williams came back from exile he was more accommodating and less sharp in his observations, more fully a company man.

I am VERY glad, with the election over, there will be no further need to watch goggle-eyed giggling from Maddow toward Williams. I found that distracting. It distracted me from the lying.
 
 
+2 # CTPatriot 2017-01-09 06:56
That's funny. I used to describe Maddow's worship of CIA agent (my belief) Richard Engel the same way you depicted her worship of Brian Williams - like a school girl crush. Which is great for school girls, but not for a serious Rhodes Scholar journalist who you expect to be able to separate fact from fiction. She fell on Engel's every word and it was clear her opinions on the Middle East came completely from Engel without question.

Back in the Air America days I thought Rachel was fantastic. Now, she's a $7 Million a year corporate establishment tool. Unwatchable, as is all of MSNBC any more.
 
 
+22 # Anonymot 2017-01-08 11:46
Netanyahu is a corrupt neofascist and I think some law should exist that prohibits the kind of corrupt activity in which Adelson is engaged. His international mafia connections should have limits.
 
 
+6 # Cassandra2012 2017-01-08 12:47
Quoting Anonymot:
Netanyahu is a corrupt neofascist and I think some law should exist that prohibits the kind of corrupt activity in which Adelson is engaged. His international mafia connections should have limits.

Like Trumpolini?
 
 
+10 # CDMR 2017-01-08 13:13
Yes, like the Don himself -- Don Trumpolini.
 
 
+8 # dotlady 2017-01-08 12:15
For the press, this is the usual "managed care."
 

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