Israel Election: Netanyahu Shares Video of Benny Gantz Saying ‘Don’t Vote for My Party’
from Sputnik News, Moscow
Update: The Israeli election commission ordered the Likud Party to take the doctored Benny Gantz video down so it is no longer in this posting. If the Likuds were to win the most votes, this stunt might bite them in the butt via a legal challenge.
[ Editor’s Note: I had been expecting Bibi to take one last shot at Gantz, as with his prosecution in progress Bibi feels why to hold anything back. He has already talked about if he wins he will consider that the people vote for acquittal and move to pass legislation for retroactive immunity.
In the video below, a bit past the halfway mark, you can see where the edit cut was made.
The polls show Bibi and Benny at 34 seats each, and with coalition seats still about even with each other. We will be back to their trying to hustle other parties to form a government.
And of course who do you think if he can’t win will want to go for a 4th election so he can remain in the bully pulpit slot while his trial proceeds, with the first hearing on March 12th.
From Gilad Atzmon’s earlier article today we had the Likud party revealing itself. In a leaked recording, Netanyahu senior adviser Natan Eshel, revealed that “hate is what unites” the Israeli right-wing and it “works well on non-Ashkenazi voters.”
Welcome to the only democracy in the Mideast, as Israelis like to say, leaving out that the Syrians, Egyptian, Iraqis, Libyans, etc., have been voting for years, maybe with some rigged elections, but that goes on here, so some would say, “So what”… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … March 02, 2020 –
Israel is holding its third election in less than a year, and the set-up has remained virtually unchanged: two bitter rivals, Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu, are unwilling to compromise or to form a coalition government.
Israel’s former military chief Benny Gantz has issued what appeared to be a call for Israeli voters to reject his own party in Monday’s general election.
“Take your friends and neighbors. Don’t give up till the last minute,” he is heard saying in a video address. “Do not cast the Blue and White ballot in the ballot box.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted out the clip with the tongue-in-cheek caption, “Listen to Benny Gantz”.
Note: I can’t show you the video link as the Israeli election commission made Likud take it down. It looks like the commission does not take crap from anybody…JD.
Gantz in response claimed that the video had been “edited” and accused his rival of taking his comments out of context and spreading falsehoods.
He shared what he called the full clip, in which he appeared to say, “If you’re not going to cast the Blue and White ballot in the polling station, you’ll have a fourth election.”
Netanyahu and Gantz failed to deliver a convincing victory in last year’s April and September general elections. This led to the Knesset being unable to form a governing coalition and resulted in a hung government.
The most recent polls project Netanyahu’s Likud tied with Gantz’s Blue and White party with 34 Knesset seats each. Their respective blocs are set to win 57 and 56 seats, a result that brings no clear winner again.