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Sa’ar slams Netanyahu over reported Likud outreach to PLO ahead of election

14 9 16

The head of the right-wing New Hope party called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to dismiss a Likud lawmaker for reportedly reaching out to the Palestinians about encouraging Arab Israelis to back the premier in the March 23 elections.

The outreach by Likud MK Fateen Mulla to the Palestinian Liberation Organization was reported by the Yedioth Ahronoth daily. Mulla, a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, confirmed to the newspaper that he held talks with the PLO’s Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society, but did not give any details on what was under discussion.

Palestinian sources told Yedioth that the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority had been in contact with Likud in the past few weeks over what the report called “quiet support” for Netanyahu in the coming election. Ramallah is reportedly concerned that Netanyahu could be ousted by an even more right-wing political leader.

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According to Channel 12 news, Netanyahu was angered by the report and rebuked Mulla, who was at the Prime Minister’s Office Monday evening for a meeting Likud sources said were prescheduled.

New Hope chief Gideon Sa’ar, a former Likud minister challenging Netanyahu in the upcoming vote, dismissed the prime minister’s reported efforts to distance himself from Mulla.

“Where does Fateen Mulla serve? He’s a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Office,” Sa’ar noted in an interview with the network. “Netanyahu has lost all shame here, that........

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