And the pro-Bibi newspaper changes director and line

The decision of the widow of the American Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson, founder of the free newspaper great supporter of Netanyahu

The newspaper that Avigdor Lieberman, recalling his Soviet past, called Pravda changes director and – analysts speculate – direction. Because since in 2007 the American Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson poured the dollars he collected from the casinos in Las Vegas into a newspaper to be distributed for free, Israel Hayom he supported only one party leader, then in the opposition and two years later prime minister: Benjamin Netanyahu. That he was a friend of the magnate and great sponsor of the Republicans since 1991: at the beginning of his rise Bibi made him grant him the Chagall room at the Knesset, usually reserved for state ceremonies, to celebrate the marriage with the Israeli doctor Miriam Ochshorn. Sheldon died in January of last year, the widow inherited the empire in the Nevada desert and the power to influence Mediterranean and Atlantic policy. she who decided the change at the top of the newspaper – Boaz Bismuth directed it since 2017 – and the dismissal, even if no one wants to call it that, arrived 48 hours after the interview with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett that observers consider at least soft. It was not the same in the past: Netanyahu’s nemesis – from his assistant to adversary who took his seat as head of government – always complained about Israel Hayom’s treatment of him. In parliament they ask themselves if this is already the signal of a change of line, given that the change in sympathies had already arrived. From premier Netanyahu offered the owner of Yedioth Ahronoth, the most widely read newspaper in the country up to the competition of the Adelsons, to downsize their newspaper in exchange for more favorable articles: the recording of this exchange between the Second and Fourth Powers (with the aim of keeping them both) ended up in the corruption trials against the Likud leader. And cross the deal between him and the Adelsons.


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