Haaretz/Israel: The publisher of the daily Israel Hayom told the police that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife repeatedly contacted her about their coverage in the paper, Channel 12 News reported Thursday.
Miriam Adelson said that Sara Netanyahu “once told me that if Iran gets nuclear weapons and Israel is wiped out, I’ll be to blame, because I’m not defending Bibi,” referring to Netanyahu by his nickname.
Initially, Adelson said, Sara Netanyahu treated her and her husband, Sheldon Adelson, nicely. But as time passed, “there were only complaints.”
For instance, “Her picture was too small. They didn’t write something [when] she visited some children with cancer or something. Complaints all the time. All the time. And it started to be unpleasant. We would listen; we’d hear it and not respond.”
In his decision to charge Netanyahu, Mendelblit wrote that even though the deal never came to fruition, Netanyahu exploited the talks – which took place shortly before an election – to get Yedioth “to refrain from publishing negative reports that could harm you or your family, at least as long as the talks between you continued, and therefore to significantly increase your chances of being reelected as prime minister.”