Livni: A vote for me is one against Yigal Amir

Livni party copies "virginity" ad from Obama campaign; Peretz: "Tzipi and I have both beaten all the pollsters in the past."

January 21, 2013 02:11
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Tzipi Livni

Tzipi Livni 370. (photo credit: Courtesy The Tzipi Livni Party)


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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.

Vandals 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.

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In 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 day.”

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.

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