Blue and White’s focus on the submarines “is an attempt to distract from the fact that we have to choose between a government that brought about the best situation in the history of the state or a left-wing government with Lapid as prime minister, leaning on Meretz and the Arab parties, which support terrorism,” Netanyahu said.Earlier in the evening, Ashkenazi said on Meet the Press that he’s not afraid of a lawsuit from Netanyahu.“If he wants to deal with us in court, please do. Come and answer our questions,” Ashkenazi said.The former IDF chief of staff called the Submarines Affair “very serious,” and warned that “allowing Egypt to buy advanced submarines hurts Israel’s advantage in the Mediterranean.”Asked why he didn’t warn against buying more submarines from Germany when he was chief of staff, Ashkenazi said: “In 2010... I got instructions from the prime minister on the phone to get a sixth submarine, when a year earlier we said we only needed five, and I didn’t understand it. As chief of staff, I didn’t ask the prime minister for a declaration of assets.“The prime minister should be above any suspicion,” said Ashkenazi, who went through an extensive investigation on suspicion of trying to undermine the defense minister when he was chief of staff, which was later dropped.Over the weekend, Netanyahu ordered that a Likud campaign video posted on his Facebook page be taken down for mocking Channel 12 political commentator and disabled IDF veteran Amnon Abramovich.The video featured comedian Yossi Vider, wearing heavy makeup to look like Abramovich, whose face was scarred when a missile hit the tank he was in during the Yom Kippur War. Abramovich is also known to be highly critical of Netanyahu. Saturday night, a few dozen disabled IDF veterans gathered outside the Prime Minister’s Residence to protest the video.“Sometimes they do nonsense in the campaign,” Netanyahu said in the interview, “So I told them to take it down.”Then, Netanyahu said the media often mocks his and his wife’s appearance, and accused them of “hypocrisy” for their outrage over the Abramovich impression.Throughout Netanyahu’s Saturday night interview, he made comments about what he described as unfair treatment, saying the channel’s weeknight anchor Yonit Levi was soft on Gantz.
Response of @BlueWhite2019 to @netanyahu interview: He did it because he realized he will lose, he made up fake secret reason for allowing sale of German subs to Egypt, and he didnt answer how he made millions in stocks.— Gil Hoffman (@Gil_Hoffman) March 23, 2019