By: Philip | 05-05-2018 | News
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Netanyahu Called Fake News By Israeli Diplomatic Correspondent

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a potshot at Israeli media by way of Facebook, but it seems the low-blow backfired. His post was in regards to a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visiting Israel.

<blockquote>“This week the Prime Minister of Japan, my friend Shinzo Abe, who heads the third largest economy in the world, visited Israel. Did you hear anything about it in the press?” Netanyahu said in a video posted on his official Facebook page.</blockquote>

Despite what Netanyahu said at Facebook, most media outlets did cover the visit. Itamar Eichner of the popular Israeli daily newspaper is head of a group of Israeli correspondents who cover diplomatic affairs. “Prime minister, maybe you should stop with the fake news? Not only did you not open your meeting with the prime minister of Japan to journalists (except for the media pool) and questions, the press actually reported on his visit. So maybe it’s worth deleting this post like you deleted the post on Sakhnin," Eichner tweeted to the Prime Minister.

As far as the Sakhnin post goes, Netanyahu deleted a post about the Israeli Arab Bnei Sakhnin soccer team. He had previously claimed the teams fans didn't show respect during the moment of silence for the 10 students of a pre-military academy who died in flash floods last week. The post was based on a story from the Arutz Sheva news website. As it turns out the story was baseless and Netanyahu deleted his post five days later. Ironically, Yedioth Ahronoth was one of the media outlets he had attempted to sway through bribes and regulations. Yedioth had not generally had a favorable opinion of the prime minister but now with Yedioth owner Arnon Mozes disgraced due to the pay-for-play scandal Netanyahu's ability to sway their coverage seems less potent.


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