The three largest parties in the outgoing Knesset each made an effort to reach out to English-speaking voters in Israel a day before Tuesday’s election.
The Likud released a video Monday showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking in English about why voters on the Right should cast ballots for the Likud and not its satellite parties on the Right.
“To all the English-speaking voters in Israel,” Netanyahu said. “I don’t think I have to persuade you that the Land of Israel is in danger and that the State of Israel is in danger, because there is an enormous effort by the Left of Israel and its media choir to bring down the Likud-led government and replace it with a Leftist government led by [Isaac] Herzog and [Tzipi] Livni.”
Netanyahu explained in the video that President Reuven Rivlin will base his decision on who should form the next government in part on the size of the largest faction.
In a video the Zionist Union released, party head Isaac Herzog speaks about his family’s ties to English-speaking countries, noting his grandfather Isaac Halevi Herzog, who was chief rabbi of Ireland before becoming Israel’s chief rabbi, and his uncle, South African born Israeli foreign minister Abba Eban.
“To all the English-speaking voters: You Anglos are called to duty, which means you are requested to make change in Israel by voting for the Zionist Union,” Herzog said. “I know what it means to be an English speaker in a new homeland. Since you come with values of democracy and since you realize that there must be change, I urge you: Don’t waste your vote with another party; Go with us, the Zionist Union.”
Yesh Atid released a video about the experience of being an immigrant to Israel.
It features MK Meir Cohen talking about his aliya from Morocco, MK Pnina Tamnu-Shata speaking in Amharic about the Ethiopian immigrant experience, MK Karin Elharar speaking in French, candidate Haim Jelin in Spanish, MK Yoel Razbozov in Russian and MK Dov Lipman in English.
“Yesh Atid is a party that includes immigrants from all backgrounds, because that is the vision of Zionism,” Lipman said. “That is the dream of ‘Hatikva