Likud election ad angers Russia

Party persists in broadcasting ad which singles out Russian President Vladimir Putin.

February 16, 2006 22:20
1 minute read.
likud logo 88

likud logo 88. (photo credit: )


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Despite a protest by Russia, the Likud on Thursday decided to continue broadcasting an election videoclip which singles out Russian President Vladimir Putin as the only world leader who has made overtures to Hamas since the party swept the Palestinian Authority legislative elections last month. "Why play the Russian card?" Russian Embassy spokesman Anatoly Yurkov asked. "I don't think that's very fair," he complained, and wondered how the Likud's public relations decision would affect future relations between the party, which is trying to attract the Russian vote, and the Russian government. Likud campaign chairman Gideon Sa'ar responded to Yurkov's criticism by declaring that there was nothing offensive to Putin in the campaign clip. The clip says: "It wasn't Putin who allowed Hamas to run in the PA elections in Jerusalem. It wasn't Putin whose second-in-command jumped up to hold talks with Hamas. It definitely wasn't Putin who gave Hamas NIS 250 million. It was Olmert who rolled out a welcome carpet for Hamas. Putin just painted it red." "If anything, Israel should be offended that Putin invited Hamas leaders for an official visit," Sa'ar insisted. Sa'ar also rejected what he characterized as an attempt to interfere with the election process of a country that guarantees free speech, and declared that "under no circumstances" would the Likud apologize to Russia. "The Likud respects Putin, but we have a dispute with him for inviting the leaders of the Hamas terrorist organization to Moscow," Likud spokesman Ronen Moshe said Thursday. Gil Hoffman contributed to this report.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town