That´s the great thing about being Netanyahu. You can talk about academic freedom AND ban the academics you don´t like from participating in this meeting. He knows he can do it with little or no consequences, so why shouldn´t he do it? In any other democracy thjs would be considered an embarrassing or even scandalous act. As the saying goes: Once your reputations trashed, live your live just unabashed!
Palestinians report IDF airstrikes on Islamic Jihad targets in southern Gaza Strip (Haaretz)
from the article: Israeli researchers slam Netanyahu policies during Merkel meet