Report: Netanyahu Says Israel's Greatest Enemy is the Mainstream Media

Specifically, the New York Times and Ha’aretz, Israel’s left-wing daily.

The Israeli prime minister denies making the remark, which was relayed in a speech by Steve Linde, editor of the Jerusalem Post. Linde has since backtracked, apparently.

Steve Linde, Jerusalem Post

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports:

On Wednesday, the editor, Steve Linde, addressing a conference in Tel Aviv of the Women’s International Zionist Organization, said that Netanyahu made the remark to him about the newspapers at a private meeting “a couple of weeks ago” at the prime minister’s office in Tel Aviv.

But on Thursday, the Prime Minister’s Office told JTA that Netanyahu “did not make the remarks attributed to him,” and Linde backtracked, saying the remarks he had attributed to the prime minister had been Linde’s own interpretation.

“He said, ‘You know, Steve, we have two main enemies,’ ” Linde had said on Wednesday of Netanyahu, according to a recording of the WIZO speech provided to JTA. “And I thought he was going to talk about, you know, Iran, maybe Hamas. He said, ‘It’s The New York Times and Haaretz.’ He said, ‘They set the agenda for an anti-Israel campaign all over the world. Journalists read them every morning and base their news stories … on what they read in The New York Times and Haaretz.’ “

Netanyahu recently declined an opportunity to publish an op-ed in the New York Times, citing its anti-Israel bias.