Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surrounded by supporters at the Mahane Yehuda marketplace in Jerusalem April 8, 2019.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s rhetoric was to the Right of radical Rabbi Meir Kahane, but then he went back on his promises, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Monday, encouraging people to vote for Likud.
“We can’t repeat the mistake of 1992,” Netanyahu said in a live broadcast on his Facebook page. “Then, they brought a general, with positive attributes, Yitzhak Rabin, who talked more right-wing than Kahane – [Otzma Yehudit candidate Itamar] Ben-Gvir, yes? – and formed a left-wing government that [signed the Oslo Accords] and you know exactly what that did.
“That brought the worst murders here, brought them into Judea and Samaria, and we got a disaster,” he added.
Kahane was a member of Knesset in the 1980s, who was banned from running for reelection on grounds of racist incitement. Ben-Gvir is a candidate in Otzma Yehudit, a party founded by Kahane disciples.
Ben-Gvir first came to renown a few weeks before Rabin was assassinated in 1995, after he stole a Cadillac emblem from the prime minister’s car and said: “We got to his car and we’ll get to him, too.”
Netanyahu struck a deal with Bayit Yehudi to run in a bloc with Otzma – known as the Union of Right-Wing Parties - so that the party wouldn’t fall below the electoral threshold and their votes for the right would be counted towards the next Knesset.
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