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Netanyahu Ordered to Remove Pictures With Soldiers From Social Media

Netanyahu Ordered to Remove Pictures With Soldiers From Social Media

Tuesday, 3 September, 2019 - 09:45
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony opening the school year in the Jewish settlement of Elkana in the Israeli-occupied West Bank September 1, 2019. Reuters/Amir Cohen

The Central Elections Committee has ordered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop using images of the military in his advertising campaign.


In August, Committee Chairman Justice Hanan Melcer ruled that Netanyahu broke the law by posting a video on his Facebook page that showed him at an air force base together with the Israeli army chief of staff and the air force commander.


He also ruled that Netanyahu must remove that post and any similar posts.


Netanyahu has been accused of trying to take advantage of military tension on various fronts for his partisan electoral purposes.


The Premier and his Likud party members have posted numerous videos and photographs of him alongside soldiers and senior officers at bases and at the scenes of attacks.


It is noteworthy that campaign advertising law forbids making use of the military “in a way likely to create the impression that it is identified with a particular party or ticket.”


Netanyahu is doing all he can to win this election, knowing that not winning means going to jail on corruption charges.


Meanwhile, opinion polls have shown that half of the Israeli public is dissatisfied with Netanyahu’s handling of the situation on the northern border with Hezbollah, and the majority is dissatisfied with his policy in the Gaza Strip.


The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (KAN) has published a poll on the elections, in which it asked the public about a number of issues related to the premier’s duties.


Forty-five percent of them expressed their satisfaction with Netanyahu's policy in facing security risks north of the country. While 45 percent opposed them and said they were dissatisfied.


Moreover, 61 percent of people said they were dissatisfied with Netanyahu's policy in dealing with Gaza Strip.


The poll focused on the results of the votes in case the elections were held now.


It turned out that the Likud party could still win, with 32 seats, the same number obtained in previous polls. While his rival, Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan (Blue and White), received 31 seats,


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