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Ex Israeli PM labelled a 'media-obsessed control freak' by former aide

by Clara Villareal (2021-11-27)

A one-time Netanyahu aide testified against him on Monday in the former Israeli Prime Minister's corruption trial in Jerusalem.

Nir Hefetz, a former spokesman for Netanyahu, said in his testimony, that Netanyahu was a 'control freak' when it comes to his public image.

He said: 'his control over everything relating to media matters and in his social media channels could not be higher.'

Netanyahu, who served as prime minister for 12 years until June, has pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery, breach of trust and fraud in cases that centre on alleged regulatory favours he awarded to media tycoons in return for positive press coverage and receipt of gifts, including cigars and champagne.

According to Hefetz's testimony, Netanyahu made public image one of his main priorities, at par with issues such as national security.

'Netanyahu spends at least as much of his time on media as he spends on security matters, including on matters an outsider would consider nonsense,' Hefetz told the court.

Former Netanyahu aide Nir Hefetz appears in court where he labelled the former prime minister a 'control freak'