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Israeli TV airs recording of Netanyahu berating minister

September 2, 2019
FILE - In this July 14, 2019, file photo, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is reaffirming his pledge to impose Israeli sovereignty on West Bank settlements. Speaking Sunday, Sept. 1, at a ceremony opening the new school year in the settlement of Elkana, Netanyahu says there "will be no more displacements" and all the communities will be "part of the state of Israel." (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this July 14, 2019, file photo, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is reaffirming his pledge to impose Israeli sovereignty on West Bank settlements. Speaking Sunday, Sept. 1, at a ceremony opening the new school year in the settlement of Elkana, Netanyahu says there "will be no more displacements" and all the communities will be "part of the state of Israel." (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP, File)

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli news station has aired recordings of the prime minister shouting at a senior Cabinet minister and trying to intervene in regulations governing television broadcasting.

The audio clips published on Monday come just two weeks before Benjamin Netanyahu seeks re-election in a do-over vote after failing to secure a parliamentary majority in April.

He also faces possible indictment next month for corruption charges, including two cases involving alleged backroom deals with media outlets.

The clips’ release by Israel’s Channel 13 appeared aimed at underscoring the prime minister’s obsession with controlling the media.

In the recordings from 2017, Netanyahu is heard shouting “Have you gone crazy?” at then-Communications Minister Ayoub Kara and discussing ways to keep a favorable news outlet on the air.

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