In Surprise Claim, Court Hears Sheldon Adelson Doesn’t Own Israel Hayom Paper

Casino magnate has long been presented as the freebie daily’s owner. In fact, it’s owned by one of his relatives, attorney says.

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Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson does not actually own the free daily newspaper Israel Hayom, his representative admitted in the High Court of Justice on Monday.

Adelson has long been represented as the newspaper’s owner.

During Monday’s hearing, Adelson’s attorney, Avigdor Klagsbald, stated that the newspaper is owned by one of Adelson’s relatives. This is the first time it has been revealed that the newspaper is controlled by a company owned by one of Adelson’s relatives.

Klagsbald was speaking during a petition by Adelson and Israel Hayom editor Amos Regev against a Jerusalem District Court ruling ordering the Prime Minister’s Office to inform Channel 10 News journalist Raviv Drucker of when phone conversations took place between Adelson, Regev and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Drucker and Channel 10 had submitted a Freedom of Information petition in a bid to expose the connection between the sides.

Drucker also writes opinion pieces for Haaretz.

Adelson and Regev had asked the district court to void the previously ruling, arguing that it was issued without them being a party to the process. When the court failed to rule in their favor, they petitioned the High Court of Justice.

During yesterday’s petition hearing, Drucker and Channel 10’s representative stated that the two men were not part of the process because no one believed their rights would be infringed.

Court President Miriam Naor stated that “to rule whether their rights were violated or not is putting the cart before the horse.”

Klagsbald said the ruling should be vacated because it may be based on faulty facts – including the misconception that Adelson owns Israel Hayom, he stated. The hearing continues.

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