“Will they succeed?” the video asked.
The new clip followed reports that Mandelblit is leaning toward adopting police recommendations to indict Netanyahu for bribery in Case 4000, the Bezeq-Walla! affair. A Likud source said the goal of the newest campaign materials is to minimize the impact of Mandelblit's decision, should he decide to summon Netanyahu to a pre-indictment hearing before the April 9 elections.
The Meretz Party asked State Comptroller Joseph Shapira to check if the anonymous billboard breaks election laws.
“An active body in the election must register with the State Comptroller and follow the relevant instructions in the law,” wrote Meretz Secretary-General Tomer Resnick and the party’s attorney, Dror Morag. “This is inappropriate election propaganda, hiding sources of funding. Such actions are a crime that carries a prison sentence.”
As for the video, opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich called it “calculated incitement” that calls for violence against journalists, “in a way that characterizes countries in which democracy is on the decline.”
Yacimovich also expressed concern that it is meant to “strike fear in Attorney-General Mandelblit. The goal is to prevent the attorney-general from submitting an indictment in any way, and to ensure that if he does, his professional, measured decision will be colored as treason.”