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Naziyahu accuses foreign governments of mobilizing left

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Prime minister walks back controversial statement expressing alarm over high turnout among 1948 Palestinian.

Times of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed foreign governments and NGOs Tuesday for mobilizing left-wing voters, apparently seeking to deflect criticism over a statement he made earlier in the day expressing alarm over the ostensibly high Arab turnout in the election.

He emphasized that he meant to criticize foreign funding, not Arabs voters themselves, in his controversial comments, which critics had lambasted as racist.

“I want to clarify: there is nothing illegitimate with citizens voting, Jewish or Arab, as they see fit,” said Netanyahu in a video statement uploaded to his Facebook page. “What is not legitimate is the funding, the fact that money comes from abroad from NGOs and foreign governments, brings them en masse to the ballot box in an organized fashion, in favor of the left, gives undue power to the extremist Arab Joint List, and weakens the right bloc in such a way that we will be unable to build a government — despite the fact that most citizens of Israel support the national camp and support me as the prime minister from Likud.”

Netanyahu also claimed that Ayman Odeh, the chairman of the Joint List, had pledged his support for the Zionist Union.

“Ayman Odeh, who supports [Zionist Union leader Isaac] Herzog, has already said not only that I must be replaced, but that I should be put in prison for defending the citizens of Israel and the lives of IDF soldiers [during last summer’s war in Gaza]…. A left-wing government that relies on such a list will surrender at every step, on Jerusalem, the 1967 lines, on everything,” Netanyahu railed, “and therefore there’s an immense effort among leftist NGOs to mobilize voters from the left, primarily in the Arab sector, and in areas where leftists vote.”

In his statement, during which he repeatedly called on the public to vote for Likud, Netanyahu lambasted electioneering rules that barred him from broadcasting a press conference.

“Tzipi [Livni], Boujie [Herzog], Yair [Lapid], representatives of the left, spoke in every possible studio and conducted flagrant electioneering,” he charged.

Earlier Tuesday, the Likud party faced a scalding backlash after it said in a statement that it was alarmed by the large numbers of Arab citizens who turned out to vote in the general elections.

In its statement, Likud “expressed concern over the high percentage of voting in the Arab sector” and went on to direct attention to a short video clip uploaded to Netanyahu’s personal Facebook account in which the prime minister lamented the same issue.

“The rule of the right is in danger,” Netanyahu said in the earlier video. “Arab voters are coming in droves to the ballot boxes. Left-wing NGOs are bringing them in buses.”

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