Ynetnews reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held 230 telephone conversations between 2012 and 2015 with the Israel Hayom newspaper’s then editor-in-chief, Amos Regev, and 120 conversations with the paper’s billionaire owner Sheldon Adelson, it emerged Sunday following a recent court order requiring the prime minister to release his phone records with the two controllers of the influential Israeli daily.
According to the reports on Channel 10, during the period before the 2013 general elections, Netanyahu spoke with Regev 15 times in the space of 19 days. Some of the conversations took place late at night during which headlines were decided together. On January 17 that year for example, the phone history shows that just five days before Israelis went to the polls, the two held talks at 11:40pm and three days later at 9:54pm.
According to the details, on 12 December 2014—after the bill dubbed “the Israel Hayom law” passed its preliminary reading in the Knesset (a bill proposing the prohibition of free newspapers)—Netanyahu spoke with the casino magnate Adelson on the phone the following night three times between 12am and 1:15am.
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