Likud News to Counter Fake News

YERUSHALAYIM (AP/Hamodia) -

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has announced the launch of a new weekly webcast to “get rid of the fake from the news” ahead of national elections in April.

In a video shared on social media, Mr. Netanyahu told a host that the webcast will “only cover the reality, and I will continue to ensure that it will be positive.” It’s set to launch Sunday on Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud party’s social media.

The prime minister appears to be modeling the idea off President Donald Trump’s “Real News Update,” a weekly webcast hosted by the president’s daughter-in-law to counterbalance what the administration deems an oppositional media.

The tongue-in-cheek clip makes dismissive references to the police investigations into alleged corruption by the prime minister.

Opposition leader Shelly Yachimovich was not amused. She said it revealed how Mr. Netanyahu wants the real media to behave, “obedient…humiliated, and fawning towards the leader. Without tough questions, without investigations, without confusing people about upright behavior and the rule of law.”