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Israeli prime minister talks of a snap election amid concerns over a new public broadcaster

Israeli prime minister talks of a snap election amid concerns over a new public broadcaster

A dispute over the reform of public broadcasting has plunged Israel’s coalition government into a crisis, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to threaten to dissolve parliament and hold a snap election to block a plan to begin independent television and radio broadcasts.

The crisis highlights Netanyahu’s long-running mistrust of Israel’s mainstream print and broadcast news outlets, which he has accused of being “leftist” and “Bolshevik” and of engaging in a personal witch hunt against him.

Netanyahu helped pass legislation in 2014 to shutter Israel’s inefficient state-run broadcast authority and replace it with a new public broadcasting corporation whose executives...

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