As Netanyahu trial resumes, defense says news reports also altered for other MKs

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As Netanyahu trial resumes, defense says news reports also altered for other MKs
Lawyers say moves benefiting ex-PM weren’t unique; witness counters that new evidence boosts prosecution’s case since the other favors were also pushed by Netanyahu for his allies
By Michael Bachner
29 September 2021

The trial against Benjamin Netanyahu was renewed Wednesday at the Jerusalem District Court after a two-week break, with the former prime minister’s attorneys attempting to show that changes in the Walla news website’s coverage to suit Netanyahu’s needs weren’t unusual and similar ones were made to please other politicians. Presented with the new information, a prosecution witness countered that the favors to the other politicians had also been dictated by Netanyahu’s aides.

The hearing discussed the Bezeq-Walla alleged bribery case, known as Case 4000, in which Netanyahu is accused of abusing his powers when he served as both prime minister and communications minister from 2014 to 2017. Netanyahu is accused of illicitly and lucratively benefiting the business interests of Bezeq telecom’s controlling shareholder, Shaul Elovitch, in exchange for positive coverage on the Bezeq-owned Walla news website. Netanyahu faces charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, while Elovitch and his wife have been charged with bribery. All three defendants deny wrongdoing.

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