Former Walla CEO says outlet sought to keep Sara Netanyahu happy

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Former Walla CEO Ilan Yeshua explains why his website also provided favorable coverage to Sara Netanyahu when only her husband the prime minister could grant them regulatory favors.

“What was said about the reason why you needed to listen to the demands of Sara Netanyahu?” prosecutor Yehudit Tirosh asks Yeshua.

He explains that Shaul and Iris Elovitch believed that it was necessary to keep Sara Netanyahu happy in order to get favors from her husband.

Sara Netanyahu, wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, arrives to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, in Jerusalem, on December 24, 2020 (Aharon Krohn/Flash90)

“If she gets upset, he’ll get upset, and if he gets upset, he’ll cause damage. They would say things like that, that she is the most important thing to him,” Yeshua says.

After Tirosh asked the question, Yeshua hesitated before answering, prompting one of Netanyahu’s lawyers, Amit Hadad, to say wryly, “One second, it takes time to make something up.”