C'tee fines Likud-Beytenu for anonymous attack ads

Likud-Beytenu, three newspapers required to pay the Bayit Yehudi NIS 1,000; Buses required to display Kadima advertisements.

December 26, 2012 11:59
1 minute read.
Naftali Bennett

Naftali Bennett 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Likud Beytenu must compensate Bayit Yehudi after sponsoring anonymous advertisements against its leader, Naftali Bennet, the Central Elections Committee ruled on Wednesday.

Ads featuring the text “Bennett is irresponsible; he supports refusing military orders” and a word bubble connected to Bennett’s face containing the quote from a Channel 2 interview last week that “conscientious objection is an integral part of being a soldier,” appeared in Ma’ariv, Haaretz and Israel HaYom on Sunday.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

The advertisements did not cite sponsorship, but Likud Beytenu admitted soon afterward that it had paid for them.

Bayit Yehudi petitioned the Central Elections Committee to issue a restraining order against Likud Beytenu and the three newspapers on Monday.

On Wednesday, committee chairman Judge Elyakim Rubinstein required Likud Beytenu and each of the papers that printed the anonymous ad to pay Bayit Yehudi NIS 1,000.

“There is no argument – all of the respondents admit that the advertisement in question... does not require a restraining order. However, Israel HaYom, Haaretz and Ma’ariv must avoid forbidden advertisements in the future,” Rubinstein stated.

“As such, and because the Likud Beytenu list said the advertisement in question will not be published again, there is no reason for a restraining order.”


However, Rubinstein pointed out that the advertisement broke the Propaganda Law, which forbids anonymous advertisements, and fined the party and the newspapers accordingly.

Click for full JPost coverage

Also Wednesday, the Central Election Committee required Dan buses to display Kadima’s campaign advertisements.

The ads, which demand that IDF soldiers receive the same monthly pay as yeshiva students, were rejected by Dan and Egged bus companies, for fear that they would offend haredi passengers.

Egged changed its mind before Kadima petitioned the committee.

Dan notified the committee following the decision on Wednesday that it will display the advertisements.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN