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Israel: Netanyahu takes aim at rivals in election rally02:15

Israel: Netanyahu takes aim at rivals in election rally

Israel, Ramat Gan
March 4, 2019 at 23:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched an attack against his election rivals at a Likud campaign event in Ramat Gan on Monday night.

Netanyahu, who is currently seeking to be elected for a fifth term as Israel's prime minister, accused his opponents of playing an "unfair game" by trying to force him from office through the courts.

In February, the attorney general confirmed that he plans to bring criminal charges against Netanyahu - bribery, fraud and breach of trust - pending a hearing. These could carry jail terms if he is convicted.

'Bibi' - as he is sometimes affectionately called - called the allegations a "house of cards" which will "collapse" at trial.

He went on to criticise the media, who he said were trying to hide the fact that this election is a choice between "a strong government led by me, or a weak leftist government led by Gantz and Lapid."

Yari Lapid and Benny Gantz are leaders of two centrist parties, Yesh Atid and Hosen L'Yisrael. In a surprise move, they decided to run together in the upcoming elections under a new party called Kahol Lavan.

Israel: Netanyahu takes aim at rivals in election rally02:15
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched an attack against his election rivals at a Likud campaign event in Ramat Gan on Monday night.

Netanyahu, who is currently seeking to be elected for a fifth term as Israel's prime minister, accused his opponents of playing an "unfair game" by trying to force him from office through the courts.

In February, the attorney general confirmed that he plans to bring criminal charges against Netanyahu - bribery, fraud and breach of trust - pending a hearing. These could carry jail terms if he is convicted.

'Bibi' - as he is sometimes affectionately called - called the allegations a "house of cards" which will "collapse" at trial.

He went on to criticise the media, who he said were trying to hide the fact that this election is a choice between "a strong government led by me, or a weak leftist government led by Gantz and Lapid."

Yari Lapid and Benny Gantz are leaders of two centrist parties, Yesh Atid and Hosen L'Yisrael. In a surprise move, they decided to run together in the upcoming elections under a new party called Kahol Lavan.

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