A screenshot of a Blue and White ad attacking Benjamin Netanyahu, noting his number 1 slot on the Likud list and charges of bribery and fraud, released March 13th, 2019.
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Blue and White unveiled a new series of negative ads on Wednesday that highlight the alleged corruption of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior figures in Likud.
The ads came after Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit's decision to indict Netanyahu pending a hearing did not cause Likud significant harm in the polls. Blue and White is currently leading Likud by three seats after it previously led by six.
One ad features Netanyahu's alleged agreement with millionaire Shaul Elovitch that enabled him to continue to own the Bezeq telephone company and the Yes cable company. The ad says that thanks to that deal, Israeli citizens unnecessarily pay four times as much for their telephone service on landlines.
Another ad features Likud candidates Tzachi Hanegbi, who was convicted of perjury; Haim Katz, who is suspected of extortion and fraud; and David Bitan, who is suspected of bribery, fraud and money laundering. The ad ends with Netanyahu, who has been indicted pending a hearing on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
"Once is an incident and twice is a coincidence but the third time is already a system," the ad says. "The time has come for different leadership. On April 9, the corruption will be stopped by electing Blue and White."
Channel 12 reported that in a late-night meeting of the leaders of Blue and White, they decided that Yair Lapid would run the campaign due to his political experience, while Benny Gantz would play more of a backseat role on political issues.
Labor also released a new ad on Wednesday. It features the party's new acquisition, former OC Southern Command head Tal Rousso in a Uniqlo jacket extolling the virtues of the party. Rousso says in the ad that voters should return to Labor, because the party is committed to replacing Netanyahu, has a proven leadership team of candidates and an ideology on key issues.
"You get all three of those in one ballot," Rousso says in the ad.
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