Former foreign minister Tzipi Livni has spent most of the election campaign
attacking her two rivals on the Center-Left, Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich and
Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid.
But she found a new adversary on Sunday:
Former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin, Yigal Amir.
sprayed graffiti on the wall of the Livni party’s Tel Aviv headquarters
Saturday night with the words “Yigal Amir was right.” Livni used the graffiti to
reach out to voters on the Center-Left. She reached out to them at her party’s
closing rally Sunday night in Sderot.
“I think that it’s good that [the
vandalism] happened a day before the election
and not after because it makes
[the election’s importance] clear,” Livni said at the event. “The time has come
to wipe the smile off the face of Yigal Amir. It is possible to restart
diplomatic negotiations, to enlist the United States and even Turkey and remove
Israel from international isolation, but for that you need power. That’s why I
need you to go wake people up and tell people when they go into the polling
station that they should think of their children.”
MK Yoel Hasson filed a
complaint with the police.
In an effort to reach out to young voters,
whom polls have shown are giving her party almost no support, Livni copied an
advertisement from the recent campaign of US president Barack Obama.
the ad, Lena Dunham of the TV show "Girls" talks about “doing it for the first time.” At the end of the suggestive ad, it becomes clear that she is talking about voting.
Former defense minister Amir Peretz, who is third on
the party’s list, downplayed polls indicating that the Livni Party would only
win five or six seats.
“Tzipi and I have both beaten all the pollsters in
the past,” Peretz said. “I believe there will be a big surprise on election
Yesh Atid party’s website was attacked several times on Sunday by
hackers in an attempt to crash the site.
The party found the
denial-of-service attacks originated from IP addresses in Israel and abroad and
worked to stop them.