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Ex-Walla CEO: We tried to stop Rivlin from becoming president at PM’s request

Continuing his testimony in Benjamin Netanyahu’s trial, former Walla CEO Ilan Yeshua says he cooperated with the prime minister on a negative campaign against Reuven Rivlin to prevent the latter from becoming president in 2014.

“We did a whole campaign so that Rivlin wouldn’t be president, at the request of Netanyahu,” he tells the court.

He adds that he blocked negative reporting about Rivlin’s rival in that presidential race, Labor’s Dalia Itzik. Rivlin went on to win the race anyway.

The Israeli president is elected by the Knesset’s 120 MKs in a secret ballot.

Former CEO of the Walla news site Ilan Yeshua arrives for his cross-examination in the graft trial against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the Jerusalem District Court, May 24, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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