Netanyahu tweets article claiming Walla didn’t favor PM in coverage

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

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweets a link to an article by a right-wing website claiming that the Walla news outlet did not offer the premier favorable coverage, in an apparent response to the ongoing testimony of former Walla CEO Ilan Yeshua.

Yeshua is currently testifying in Netanyahu’s corruption trial, claiming that he was constantly ordered by his employers — telecommunications magnates Shaul and Iris Elovitch — and by the premier’s office to give positive media coverage to the prime minister and downplay any negative articles about him, allegedly in exchange for regulatory favors.

Netanyahu’s tweet links to an article on the Mida website from 2018, claiming that a review of Walla’s articles from the period in question show that the news outlet’s coverage was not overwhelmingly positive.