A source in the Likud responded on Tuesday afternoon to an article in the news that a close associate of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had asked the owners of the Walla website to publish an article denouncing the father of Minister Naftali Bennett.
"Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not know anything about the correspondence in Bennett's case that was published yesterday on the news،" said the Likud official. "Netanyahu is not acting against Minister Bennett and he sees him as a partner in the next national government he will establish."
Last night، News 12 published correspondence which allegedly reveals a plan for Minister Naftali Bennett's political liquidation on the eve of the 2013 elections when polls predicted Bennett 17 or even 18 Knesset seats.
Many of the efforts were made by Ze'ev Rubinstein، a close associate of Netanyahu، and by Walla's then owner Shaul Elovitch، and through him by site Director Ilan Yeshua.
The means of execution was to be a long series of articles، some of which were supposed to appear to be investigative reports aimed at damaging Bennett's image.
Behind the scenes، a close associate of Netanyahu and Elovitch gave instructions to execute every day، sometimes several times a day، sometimes several times an hour.
For example، there was correspondence about intentions to publish an article defaming Bennett's wife، Gilat.
Elovitch is quoted as writing: "Continued from the friend (Ze'ev Rubinstein): I don't think it's possible to publish: 'The material I gave you this afternoon is very important، especially what they found that Bennett's wife worked as a chef in a non-kosher restaurant (I passed on her picture and there the description of the restaurant and the menu with the shkotzim) and she's a religious woman."