Netanyahu calls mayors to send out voters as parties warn of collapse

Netanyahu took to Facebook and called every mayor he could think of on Facebook live, encouraging them to send their constituents to the polls.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
April 9, 2019 20:44
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Netanyahu calls mayors to send out voters as parties warn of collapse

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking over the phone with U.S. President Donald Trump, after the latter called for US recognition of Israeli soverignty over the Golan Heights, March 21, 2019. (photo credit: KOBI GIDEON/GPO)

With voter turnout close to three percent lower than the previous election, and messages of a nearing apocalypse because the center-left wing parties are allegedly leading the polls, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued his frantic efforts to gain additional support on Tuesday.

With just two hours left to vote, Netanyahu took to Facebook and called mayor after mayor on Facebook live, encouraging them to send their constituents to the polls.





"Hi Oded, you are now live on Facebook. You have to help us, there is a gap, we need you to go out and vote and close the gap. Thank you," Netanyahu told Oded Revivi, the mayor of Efrat. 

"If you go out and vote Likud, we'll close the gap," Netanyhau told another mayor. "If not, you'll have Yair Lapid as your next prime minister."

A Chabad rabbi then called up to speak with the prime minister: "I am always with you," said the rabbi. "God is with you."

Earlier in the day, warning of the rise of the Left, Netanyahu cancelled a planned campaign event in Ashdod and returned to Jerusalem, where he said he was going to work to "save the Right" and ensure that a right-wing government comes to power following the elections. 

"I received a dramatic update that there is low turnout in Likud strongholds but that there is high turnout in left-wing strongholds," Netanyahu said. "We have to save the Right. There are only a few more hours."

It is unclear if Netanyahu's warning is genuine or is part of his week-long campaign to get people to fear that he will lose in order to increase voter turnout among right-wing voters. 
 
It is referred to in Israel as the gevald" campaign, a Yiddish expression of alarm.

Earlier in the day, Netanyahu, went to the Netanya beach and warned people there that if they do not vote, Likud will lose. 

Netanyahu did not don his swimming suit and join the thousands who flocked the beaches of Israel, but rather came to meet them.




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