Labor MK Submits Bill to Ban Free Distribution of Israel Hayom

Sheldon Adelson-owned free newspaper is closely identified with Prime Minister Netanyahu; sources say this could be step toward end of coalition.

The free daily Israel Hayom.
Daniel Tchetchik

MK Eitan Cabel (Labor) submitted to the Knesset on Monday a bill that would ban the free distribution of Israel Hayom, a newspaper owned by Republican billionaire Sheldon Adelson and closely identified with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

However, Cabel said he had not yet decided whether to bring the bill to a vote on Wednesday or defer the vote.

The so-called Israel Hayom Bill, which was signed by members of the coalition parties Habayit Hayehudi, Yisrael Beiteinu and Yesh Atid, could be one of the focal points for the dismantling of the coalition, Likud sources said.

The bill was also signed by members of opposition parties Hatnuah and Meretz.

A similar bill was voted down 61-14 in 2010.