Netanyahu denies dissing Israeli media after avoiding interviews since Oct. 7

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is interviewed on CNN on May 21, 2024. (Screen capture/X)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is interviewed on CNN on May 21, 2024. (Screen capture/X)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pressed during his CNN interview why he has refused interviews on Israeli media networks since October 7.

He has given 22 interviews since October 7 — all of them with foreign media outlets.

“That’s the tendentious reporting of a lot of the Israeli media. I can tell you, what they’re not telling you is, I have done… two dozen or 20 or 15 press conferences with Israeli media. They can ask anything they want, and they do.”

The last press conference he held, though, was two months ago. CNN’s question was also regarding interviews, not press conferences where Netanyahu has more control over the format and questioning.

 

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