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Does Rabin’s assassin support Naftali Bennett?

Leader of the National Religious Party (“Jewish Home”) Naftali Bennett (photo: Yotam Ronen / activestills.org)

As Benjamin Netanyahu rakes in endorsement after endorsement, first from Donald Trump and later today from Chuck Norris, his rival in the right wing bloc, Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) scored a huge run by getting the support of no other than Yigal Amir, the man who murdered Yitzhak Rabin.

Lately, his brother Hagai (whom +972 interviewed here in the first – and only – interview he gave since his release from jail earlier this year) has been fooling around on Facebook, holding joking discussions about the murder and other topics. Many of the people he talks with, most of them left wingers, play along and joke around with him too. (This activity might be worth a post later, I’ve heard a few views about it that are interesting.)

Today, Hagai was fooling around with Ariel Waysman, who managed to get some interesting info out of him. In the interview with me, Hagai said he has no intention of voting, as he does not have any faith in the Israeli political system. Here’s what he told Ariel:

Ariel: I thought you couldn’t vote anyway.

Hagai: Unfortunately I can and my brother is using it.

Ariel: Who is Yigal asking you to vote for??????

Hagai: Bennett.


UPDATE (23:25): After Hagai’s dialogue with Waysman was picked up by mainstream media, including Israel’s Channel 2 news station, he posted the following status on Facebook:

I want to say that my response to to Waysman’s status was written in humor as a response to his sarcasm, I don’t vote and neither do most of my family and when it comes to my brother Yigal I don’t think he even thinks about voting and certainly not for Bennett, the media is currently trying to resuscitate the boring election and one should deal with these items accordingly.

Channel 2 news reports that the mother of the two, Geula, said that Yigal indeed asked the family to support Bennett’s party. The party itself told Channel 2 that it is not interested in any kind of support whatsoever from the Amir family.


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    1. aristeides

      Wow – that trumps even the endorsement from Donald Trump. With supporters like these, enemies are not required.

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    2. sarah

      Is this for real? As in substantiated?

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    3. Danny

      Just when you thought Israel’s political system couldn’t get any crazier…

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      • The Trespasser

        People voting for commies are hardly less crazier.

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    4. XYZ

      Classic act of demagoguery, guilt by association.

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      • EFish

        Took the words right out of my fingers.
        It’s the Israeli Left’s version of a reductio ad Hitlerum.

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    5. Mitchell Cohen

      You would think that if Yigal Amir would endorse anybody it would be “Strong Israel” (Utzmah Le’Yisrael)….At any rate, HaBayit Yehudi said they want NO support from the Amir family….They can’t control what Yigal Amir says….

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      • aristeides

        What the party wants doesn’t matter. What matters is that the party’s platform is what people like Amir want.

        The shoe fits.

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    6. XYZ

      Logic of this piece:
      All cats have four legs. My dog has four legs, thus my dog is a cat.
      Tzippi is also jumping on the bandwagon and is claiming that it is outrageous that people would vote for a party that Yigal Amir would vote for. By coincidence or not, the poll reported on Reshet Bet Radio program Hakol Diburim reports Tzippi’s party that she named after herself, is down to 5 mandates. Not a coincidence, in my opinion. People see how rotten and deceitful she really is, so it is no surprise she would use demagoguery of this type.

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