Netanyahu supporters attend a Likud Party rally in Tel Aviv where the premier lashed out at the media and his political opponents. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
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Netanyahu has always had a thorny relationship with Israel's prominent media outlets, where top writers, broadcasters and editors are generally more open to peace-seeking concessions to the Palestinians than the prime minister's nationalist Likud Party is.The most striking parallel, of course, is with Trump, who has constantly attacked the media, especially after he won the Republican nomination about a year ago and many American media outlets began in earnest to fact-check his statements and frequently conclude he has a penchant for uttering provable falsehoods.Like Trump, Netanyahu has feuded with several prominent TV journalists over their coverage. When Trump visited Israel in May, Netanyahu and his wife Sara commiserated with Trump and his wife Melania about the perceived unfairness of the media.When Netanyahu attacks the media, he is referring to Israel's venerable established publications and the main private broadcast channels.While all Israeli leaders have had difficult relationships with the media, Netanyahu has taken things to a new level, said Eytan Gilboa, a professor of communications and politics at Israel's Bar Ilan University.He called Netanyahu's war on the media a "smart tactic". He said both Trump and Netanyahu realize the public's generally negative image of the media makes it an easy target.
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