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Netanyahu offered American right-wing rabbi senior role in 4th election campaign

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered Aryeh Lightstone, a former senior aide to David Friedman, who served as the US ambassador to Israel under President Donald Trump, a senior role in his most recent election campaign, sources told The Times of Israel.

Lightstone, an Orthodox rabbi who joined Friedman in 2017 as a political appointee, turned the offer down, implying that it would be unbecoming of him to join a local campaign so soon after serving as an official in a US administration.

Netanyahu contemplated tapping Lightstone as campaign chief and foreign media communications director, a position he ended up giving to Aaron Klein in February 2021.

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Klein, a former journalist for the right-wing Breitbart news site who authored books challenging Barack Obama’s fitness for the presidency, joined the prime minister’s staff in March 2020, before serving as Netanyahu’s election campaign chief for the March 2021 election. (From R-L) Susan Pompeeo, then-US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, then-Secretary........

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