Iris Elovitch says sorry for calling Walla’s Yeshua a ‘liar’

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

The Elovitches’ attorney says her client Iris apologizes for her outburst, in which she interrupted state’s witness Ilan Yeshua and called him a liar.

Afterward, the attorney stresses that the prosecution ought to clearly state when an allegation is leveled against Iris Elovitch and when it is against her husband Shaul Elovitch, as there have been cases of the two defendants being lumped together in claims that they had directed the Walla news site to publish favorable stories about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or downplay negative articles as part of an alleged quid pro quo.

State prosecutor Yehudit Tirosh instructs Yeshua to clearly note when he received a directive from Iris and when he received one from Shaul.

Shaul and Iris Elovitch are the only two defendants in the courtroom for this part of the trial, after Netanyahu and the fourth defendant in the case — Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes — both received permission to leave early.