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Gantz accuses Netanyahu of false reports about coronavirus to deter voters

March 2, 2020 at 10:02 am

Benny Gantz, leader of Israel’s largest opposition party Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) [Facebook]

The leader of Israel’s Blue and White party, Benny Gantz, has claimed that his rival Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud is spreading false reports about coronavirus in order to deter voters from supporting the bloc, Israeli media reported on Sunday.

The claim was made a day before Israel’s third General Election in less than 12 months. The polls open today.

“It doesn’t bother the Likud propagandists to promote with all [their] strength the message that there’s coronavirus in Givatayim,” Gantz wrote on twitter. “Did you ask yourselves why Givatayim? Because it’s a stronghold of Blue and White.”

According to the Times of Israel, in September’s election, 50.32 per cent of votes cast in Givatayim went to Blue and White candidates, with just 17.32 per cent backing Likud.

Former General Gantz accused Netanyahu of planning to disrupt the election by spreading fake news in every area identified with Blue and White.

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