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Netanyahu, Bennett trade fire in battle for right-wing voters

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12.02.2021

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Naftali Bennett, who heads the Yamina party, traded barbs on Thursday as they campaigned for votes on the right ahead of elections next month.

Netanyahu released a campaign video accusing Bennett of siding with the left, and Bennett responded by blasting Netanyahu’s handling of the pandemic and challenging him to a debate.

The premier posted a video on social media saying Bennett, whose party name means “rightward” and is to the right of Netanyahu’s Likud faction, was siding with the left and opposition leader Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party.

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The ad also attacked Gideon Sa’ar of the right-wing New Hope party, Netanyahu’s leading challenger on the right, according to recent polls.

“Bennett tied his fate to Lapid and pledged to not recommend Netanyahu” to head a governing coalition, the ad says, with footage of Bennett in previous campaigns saying he would not do so.

“A vote for one of the Bennett-Gideon pair is a vote for a left-wing government led by Lapid. Only Likud can unite the right and prevent a dysfunctional left-wing government. Only Likud will establish a full right-wing government,” the ad says also referring to another Netanyahu rival Gideon Sa’ar.

“Do not divide the right and vote for other parties. We have a historic opportunity to unite the right,” the post said.

אסור לחלק את הימין ולהצביע למפלגות אחרות. יש לנו הזדמנות היסטורית לאחד את הימין, להצביע לליכוד ולהקים ממשלת ימין על-מלא!

Posted by ‎Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו‎ on Thursday, February 11, 2021

אסור לחלק את הימין ולהצביע למפלגות אחרות. יש לנו הזדמנות היסטורית לאחד את הימין, להצביע לליכוד ולהקים ממשלת ימין על-מלא!

Posted by ‎Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו‎ on Thursday, February 11, 2021

Hours later,........

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