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TEL AVIV — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party has been sounding the alarm throughout the day here, warning voters that the party is on the brink of a potentially devastating election loss that would lead to the formation of a “left-wing” government.
While many pundits and opposition politicians here claim that Netanyahu’s dire projections are a gimmick designed to increase turnout, his Likud party in recent days has indeed been consistently running neck-and-neck with the Blue and White party headed by Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid.
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Netanyahu’s campaign this afternoon said it held an “emergency meeting” at his official residence in Jerusalem to strategize on plans to increase voter turnout.
Netanyahu is far from alone in claiming an election collapse while warning voters against staying away from the polls.
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“Do not believe any word that Netanyahu is now saying,” Lapid told the public. “The battle is close. If you do not get everyone out of the house now and send them to the ballot box, we will not win the elections.”
Gantz similarly claimed his party would lose if supporters didn’t flock to the polls.
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The leftist Labor party, the religious United Torah Judaism party and the controversial Union of Right-Wing Parties all followed suit, blasting similar messages of pending doom.
“It’s clear that voter turnout among the Haredi community is low,” UTJ lawmaker Moshe Gafni exclaimed. “That’s disastrous when it comes to elections. Half the public hasn’t gone to vote, and it’s already getting late. That’s a terrible situation for us.”
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“Don’t let them decimate the Labor party” Labor’s leader, Avi Gabbay, stated, referring to appeals to left-wing voters from Blue and White. “Because then we’ll be left with right-wing parties and no Labor,” he added.
Rafi Peretz, leader of the Union of Right-Wing Parties, said that “internal polls we have show we’re in a bad situation....
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