New bill to forbid recording phone conversations?

Coalition chairman says situation in which people record every conversation is out of hand, must stop.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

David Bitan
David Bitan
Flash 90

Coalition Chairman David Bitan (Likud) on Thursday said he plans to submit a bill next week prohibiting the recording of a person without his consent.

In an interview with Army Radio, Bitan explained, "I think that Israel has a very problematic 'recording culture.' You can't speak to anyone. A husband can't even speak with his wife for fear of being recorded. This is an extremely problematic situation and we must put an end to it."

"The investigation of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is coming to a close, and I intend to submit this proposal next week."

Bitan thought of the idea for the bill while meeting Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) and Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh in the Prime Minister's Office.

Netanyahu is currently under investigation for Case 2000, which involves allegations the Prime Minister and Yediot Ahronot publisher Arnon “Nuni” Mozes conspiring to soften the paper’s left-leaning anti-Netanyahu line in exchange for passage of legislation barring the free distribution of Israel Hayom, a rival paper that has cut into Yediot’s readership in recent years. This case was brought to light when recordings intended to yield the Yediot publisher a significant financial advantage were brought to light.