Eretz Chadasha vows Weinstein bombshell in ads

Party's election ads expected to expose attorney-general's connections to the nation’s top politicians and accuse him of corruption.

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
January 8, 2013 02:53
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Netanyahu and Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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The Eretz Chadasha party of Eldad Yaniv, former bureau chief to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, will reveal new allegations against Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein in its election commercials that begin running Tuesday, Yaniv said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post.

The advertisements are expected to expose Weinstein’s connections to the nation’s top politicians and accuse him of corruption. The Weinstein ads will join commercials targeting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman, and other politicians in YouTube videos Eretz Chadasha posted on its website.

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“We are running to fight the connection between wealth, power, and the press in Israel,” Yaniv said. “There must be a real protest vote in the January 22 election to get activists into the Knesset who would be a fighting opposition. All the old parties in Israel are part of the system governed by tycoons and vote contractors with corrupt primaries. To do it differently we needed to form a new framework that would be transparent and beholden to no one.”

Yaniv said Israel should learn from the United States, which has hearings before key appointments to expose all the secrets about the candidates and remove all their skeletons from their closets.

He said his advertisements would also reveal corruption by the owners of the top circulation Hebrew newspapers, Israel HaYom and Yediot Aharonot.

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More than a year ago Ma’ariv accused Yaniv of being behind the summer 2011 summer protests. The newspaper said American pollster Stanley Greenberg, who now works for the Labor Party, was also involved in planning them. Yaniv vigorously denied the report.



“Whoever thinks I initiated the protests is an idiot,” Yaniv said. “It was started by young people on their own and then it got larger and larger. I said in advance that protests would happen but they were spontaneous.”

When the Post ran an article on the smaller parties that are not expected to pass the two percent electoral threshold, Eretz Chadasha refused to cooperate, because its leaders are convinced that the polls are wrong. Eldad complained that Israeli pollsters do not poll people with cellphones or online and they do not know how to reach young people.

“Israeli pollsters don’t help democracy because like in the United States, they are unscientific,” Yaniv said. “In the US there were pollsters who said the presidential race there was neck and neck. If polls here result in people not voting, they endanger Israeli democracy.

But I think young people see what is going on online, they know what is really happening, and they will follow their hearts.”

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