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Founded Year

1939

Stage

Secondary Market - II | Alive

Valuation

$0000 

Last Raised

$80.27M | 3 yrs ago

About Yedioth Ahronoth Group

Yedioth Ahronoth Group is the controller of the national daily newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, published in Tel Aviv, Israel, as well as several other Israeli media outlets.

Yedioth Ahronoth Group Headquarter Location

POB 438

Rishon Lezion,

Israel

03-6933933

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Bombshell Report Claims Netanyahu, Mossad Chief Cohen Exploited Mentally Disturbed Billionaire

May 1, 2021

Sputnik International https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202105011082780543-bombshell-report-claims-netanyahu-mossad-chief-cohen-exploited-a-mentally-disturbed-billionaire/ Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial continues as the PM attempts to form a new government following the March elections. He's accused of a range of crimes including breach of trust, pay-to-play corruption, and bribery. Among the individuals accused of involvement is James Packer, a well-known Australian businessman. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his son Yair, wife Sara, and Yossi Cohen – the Netanyahu loyalist who became chief of the Mossad – befriended, manipulated, and emotionally abused Australian billionaire James Packer as the mentally troubled businessman worked to establish ties with Israel’s political elite, a deep-dive investigation by Haaretz citing court testimony and individuals familiar with the situation has alleged . Police launched a corruption investigation into the Netanyahus in late 2016 on the basis of testimony of a personal assistant to Packer and Arnon Milchan – the Israeli billionaire Hollywood producer and arms dealer. The assistant said that Milchan, who knew his way around Israel’s political elite, introduced Packer to Netanyahu in 2013, and convinced him to shower the prime minister’s family with lavish gifts ranging from expensive cigars and cases of champagne to jewellery and other fashion accessories worth thousands of dollars to facilitate business. Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara would allegedly go on to use a combination of smooth talking and psychological pressure to get Packer to buy controlling stakes in media outlets to portray the prime minister in a positive light, even as some observers expressed concerns about the billionaire’s mental state. “I thought he came to some of the meetings with Bibi drunk or high,” Ari Harow, a former Netanyahu chief of staff who resigned in 2015 and turned state’s witness in a plea bargain amid the corruption probe, said in testimony. “One time when he came for a meeting he threw up.” Israeli politician Yair Lapid, whom Milchan had also introduced to Packer, similarly expressed concerns about the Australian billionaire’s state when they met, saying he “looked drugged.” However, the Netanyahus allegedly overlooked these problems, or even sought to use them to their advantage, with Harow testifying that “it was clear that the relationship from [Netanyahu’s] point of view was in order to benefit from this friendship.” © AP Photo / Bullit Marquez Positive Media Coverage and Luxury Perks for Bibi and Sara The “friendship” would allegedly be fruitful for the Netanyahus, with Packer making a series of investments in Israel – holding negotiations to try to buy the Walla news portal, allegedly at Netanyahu’s behest, and attempting to purchase of the Yedioth Ahronoth Group, publisher of a major Israeli daily of the same name known for investigating the prime minister and his family. In his testimony, Milchan suggested that Netanyahu convinced Packer to make a bid for Yedioth Ahronoth by cynically bringing up the Holocaust. “Netanyahu’s premise is that in order to help the Jewish people after what happened in the Holocaust – and I’m using his words, ‘we are facing a Holocaust now’ – don’t count [money]. We’ll get rid of [publisher Arnon Mozes], because otherwise I fall, and if I fall the Jewish people falls’,” Milchan said. © AP Photo / Matt Sayles Producer Arnon Milchan accepts the Legacy of Citizens Lifetime Achievement award at the 'From Vision to Reality' event celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the state of Israel in Los Angeles. (File) Harow, meanwhile, accused Netanyahu of briefing Packer on what to say during the bid to buy the newspaper, and of going “into minute details,” while Sara Netanyahu complained to the billionaire about how Mozes was “always attacking her and the children” and needed “to be removed.” According to testimony from Packer’s aide, after the business meeting fell through, Sara Netanyahu “shouted” at him, which pushed him into a deep depression. “He took it really hard,” the aide said. “He very much admired them and loved them, and he’s a sensitive guy. A good soul with a huge heart, who needs warmth and love.” © AP Photo / Francois Mori Israel's Prime Minister's wife Sara Netanyahu arrives for the meeting with French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire at Bercy Economy Ministry, in Paris, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 In 2016, Packer bought a mansion next to Netanyahu’s property in Caesarea, an elite community in the country’s north, allegedly after being pressed to do so by the prime minister. In his testimony to police, Netanyahu denied any wrongdoing and suggested that one wants “to know who’s in the house next to yours.” According to investigators, the Netanyahus would go on to treat the house "almost as though it was their own," regularly visiting the property while Packer was away and taking advantage of the free service from onsite housekeepers. Free Pads for Yair and a Lucrative Job Offer for His Friend During his time in Israel, Parker leased an apartment at the prestigious Royal Beach Hotel in Tel Aviv, with Yair Netanyahu reportedly becoming a regular fixture there during visits to the city. Packer took a liking to the young man, and the two reportedly went out clubbing, with Packer picking up the tab. Yair was also invited to stay at the billionaire’s properties in New York, Aspen and Ibiza. According to police, Yair convinced Packer to hire his friend Roman Abramov – a nightclub promoter in his late 20s – to manage his business interests in Israel. In testimony to authorities in 2017, Abramov admitted that he hadn’t made the Australian businessman any money during his tenure as manager of his empire. He was fired shortly after testifying to police, with the affair also reportedly prompting Packer to cut off any association with the younger Netanyahu, who complained to police that they had “scared the s*** out of him.” © AP Photo / Uriel Sinai In this Jan. 22, 2013 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, prays with his sons Yair, background, and Avner, right, at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's Old City. Lucrative Job Offer for Future Mossad Chief © AP Photo / Gali Tibbon

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