AIPAC, home of the big tent, opines on Israeli political party that doesn’t “reflect the core values that are the very foundation of the State of Israel”

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Netanyahu: Criticism of Deal With Kahanist Party ‘Hypocrisy and Double Standards’
by Benjamin Kerstein
February 23, 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday struck out at critics of a deal he brokered with far-right Kahanist party Otzma Yehudit, accusing them of “hypocrisy and double standards.” Netanyahu has faced mounting criticism after he helped negotiate a merger between the Jewish Home and Otzma Yehudit parties, including by promising the unified party two ministries in the next government. The criticism has extended to the US, with the American Jewish Committee and pro-Israel lobby AIPAC slamming the deal. According to Yediot Aharonot, the prime minister blasted the left for attacking him “while they worked to bring Islamist radicals into the Knesset.” READ MORE

JERUSALEM POST AIPAC, AJC issue rare rebuke of Netanyahu for drawing in extremists America’s largest Israel advocacy organizations issued an extraordinary rebuke of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government on Friday, responding to his move to ally with an extremist party under intense political pressure ahead of April’s elections.

ARUTZ SHEVA Otzma Yehudit: AIPAC should come home Otzma Yehudit party says AIPAC members should immigrate to Israel before involving themselves in internal Israeli issues like elections.

JNS Gantz and Lapid appeal for ‘unity,’ Netanyahu touts ‘strong leadership’ The leaders of the new Blue and White Party–Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid—held their first political rally on Thursday night after the two candidates shook up the Israeli political scene earlier in the day. In a joint appearance, the two men sought to promote themselves as centrist politicians seeking unite the country after nearly a decade of under the right-wing leadership of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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