The Israeli business paper, Globes, reports (Hebrew) on an interview aired on Israeli TV by former Channel 10 CEO, Raduar Benziman, who quit his post after agreeing to air an abject apology to Sheldon Adelson for an unflattering documentary it aired about the unsavory business practices of the gambling magnate. Benziman disclosed that Netanyahu sealed a deal some time ago to shut down Channel 10, which has aired some of the most explosive exposes of Bibi, his patrons and cronies over the past few months.
This confirms a report I received from an independent journalistic source on the same subject.
I’m not so sure I agree with Benziman’s logic in approving airing the apology and then resigning. He said he could’ve fought the matter till the end, but that he’d been warned of lawsuits totalling millions of dollars in both Israel and the U.S. Why anyone would worry about a U.S. lawsuit? As the threshhold to prove libel against a controversial public figure like Adelson is extremely high. The TV CEO felt that rejecting airing an apology would jeopardize the jobs of hundreds of his employess. Did it matter much, since they’ll all lose their jobs anyway when Channel 10 goes under?
First, Radio All for Peace is silenced and soon Channel 10. You can chalk this up as another victory of onrushing Israeli authoritarian rule, which runs roughshod over press freedom and most other values cherished by democratic countries.