Likud Beytenu: Bayit Yehudi ads are 'deceitful'

Likud dubs ads with slogan "supporting Netanyahu, voting Bennett" misleading, says there's no agreement between the parties.

January 17, 2013 20:12
1 minute read.
Bayit Yehudi Bennett and Netanyahu ad.

Bayit Yehudi Bennett & Netanyahu ad 370. (photo credit: Courtesy Bayit Yehudi)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Bayit Yehudi’s advertisements are manipulative and deceitful, Likud Beytenu wrote in a petition to the Central Elections Committee on Thursday evening, against ads featuring both Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The new campaign, launched on Wednesday, features Netanyahu and Bennett’s pictures next to each other, with the slogan “supporting Netanyahu, voting Bennett.”

The Bayit Yehudi officials said the ads were meant to encourage Netanyahu to include the party in the next coalition.

Likud Beytenu submitted a complaint to the Central Elections Committee Thursday evening, demanding that the ads be removed immediately and that they not appear in Friday’s newspapers.

“The purpose of the advertisements is to deceive voters in the right-wing bloc, to mislead them and to manipulate them in an unfair and forbidden way with a false message, as if the prime minister is telling voters he has enough votes and his victory is ensured, so he wants them to vote for Bennett,” the petition reads.

Click for full JPost coverage

The complaint also points out that Bennett may not be in the next coalition, and says the advertisements falsely imply that he already negotiated with Netanyahu about joining the next government.

“Such an agreement or understanding never existed,” Likud Beytenu added.

A Bayit Yehudi spokeswoman responded to the Likud Beytenu’s allegations, saying there is no reason for the latter party to be concerned.

“We will be strong together with Prime Minister Netanyahu after the elections, to solve social issues and strengthen Israel’s deterrence,” the Bayit Yehudi said.

Likud Beytenu also posted a response ad on social networks Thursday, doctoring the Bayit Yehudi advertisement to include a quote by Bennett that “even Tzipi Livni would be better than Netanyahu.”

Bennett said those words during the 10-month settlement construction freeze, when he was director-general of the Yesha Council.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN

Cookie Settings