As a U S citizen who has worked for the ACLU, I was shocked hearing of this "lack of distance" between press and legislative body. I know Britain and other Western powers have more censorship than us, but I had a more idealized view of Israel, it being more modern and a democracy. Just sort of shocked, call me naive..
PM postpones Israel-Germany summit marking 50 years of diplomatic ties (Haaretz)
from the article: Maybe they're right to be afraid