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Netanyahu on US celebrity TV show says politicians 'bombarded' with opinions

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony marking 50 years since Israel captured the West Bank and other territories in the 1967 Mideast war, in Gush Etzion settlement in the West Bank, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.
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The Israeli PM discussed his personal and political life on the Fox News show OBJECTified

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview with Fox News Sunday said that politicians today are being inundated with polarized opinions, leaving them at the mercy of shifting political tides.

“Representative government says you’re elected, you’re given a period to exercise that power and then they can throw you out,” Netanyahu said. “The problem today for politicians is not being disconnected. The problem is they’re overly connected. And they’re completely at the mercy of these shifting tides of opinion that are reflected in the net. And that’s — not good.”

Netanyahu asserted that social media platforms have become a venue for politicians to be barraged with differing political opinions, which he thinks yields negative outcomes.

“The internet has created this thing of instant referendums," Netanyahu told Fox News. "So what happens is you have political leaders who are constantly bombarded by polarized opinion. And I don’t think that’s a good thing."

Netanyahu, who has been criticized for rarely appearing on Israeli media for in depth interviews, appeared on Fox News’ "OBJECTified", a show which hosts celebrities and public figures in order to delve into their private lives and family histories through personal objects.

Last week, Israeli police demanded Netanyahu be questioned after the Jewish holidays over his suspected involvement in two bribery probes, Hebrew media reported.

According to the report, the police are facing a surfeit of evidence in their investigation and want the prime minister to respond to their findings in a "relaxed" setting.

During his interview with Fox on Sunday, Netanyahu addressed the ongoing issue of his wife Sara is facing criminal charges, saying of the media that it “It hurts me a lot more when they attack her than when they attack me.”


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