Daily Israel Report

Leftists Dump 'Pro-Netanyahu' Paper

How angry is the left about the growing popularity of a less-leftist paper? Angry enough to throw a stack of papers into a dumpster.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/15/2012, 9:00 PM

Young leftists threw a large stack of Israel Hayom newspapers into a dumpster and uploaded a video documenting the act onto the internet. They took advantage of the minutes in which the papers' distributor took a break from work and left them unguarded.

The act – while not particularly significant in and of itself – can be seen as symptomatic of the Israeli left wing's obsession with the newspaper, which has surpassed Yediot Aharonot as the country's most widely read paper. The newspaper has, to some degree, dented the left's monopoly on opinion-shaping in Israel.

The vandal dumping the newspapers explains to the camera that living in fear of the Iranian bomb is worse than actually being hit by a bomb and dying. He calls Israel Hayom "the real bomb."

While hardly right-wing, the paper does not engage in systematic bashing of Binyamin Netanyahu as do competitors Yediot Aharonot, Maariv and Haaretz. In addition, the newspaper has not been devoting its best journalistic efforts to stymieing Israeli plans to preemptively attack Iran's nuclear Holocaust program, as have the other papers in recent weeks.

Israel Hayom is published by Sheldon Adelson, one of the world's wealthiest men, and distributed free of charge. Its income is derived through selling advertising space. Adelson is considered a supporter of Prime Minister Netanyahu.