Knesset passes anti “Israel Hayom” bill
The bill is clearly targeted at free newspaper Israel Yahom (Israel Today) as it stipulates that it only concerns newspapers that are distributed 6 days a week and have at least 30 pages on weekdays and 100 pages in its weekend edition. The only free competitor, Israel Post, is published 5 days a week and is also much thinner.
Israel Yahom, financed by “the richest jew in the world”, US-casino bilionaire Sheldon Adelson, is a strong supporter of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who called the bill a disgrace.
The bill is meant to protect paid newspapers agains Israel Hayom, by far the best-read paper in the country.
Globes, the business paper that reported on the bill, however, does not expect the bill to be apporved in parliament.