Israel Channel 10 reported today that the Likud’s strategic campaign advisor, Arthur Finkelstein, quit the campaign.
Finkelstein’s office responded that, “The Channel 10 report is a complete lie. Finkelstein flew out of the country, based on travel plans he had set up before he even came to Israel. He and his partner, George Birnbaum are fully managing the campaign until the end. A report like this, that didn’t even bother to get a response, proves that the station had bad intentions for publishing the lie.”
Jewish Home party chairman Naftali Bennett on Wednesday let out one of the pearls of the election campaign that’s ending next week. When asked on a Channel 10 morning program how he would be able to work with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah, after all the bad blood between them in recent years, Bennett replied: “It will be fine.”
Co-host Orly Vilnai noted that this expression is used in the Special Forces, Bennett responded: “We served in the same unit, so that should delete our history.”
The other host, Guy Rose, asked him if he was referring to himself and Sarah Netanyahu.
“Yes, exactly, Sarah and I were mostly in terrorism course together,” Bennett joked at expense of the wife of the prime minister with whom he wants to partner in a week.
“But I want to emphasize there’s nothing that 15 seats wouldn’t cure,” Bennett added on a less flippant note. “We need to get off the gossip. Netanyahu and I work very well together if we—Jewish-Home—have enough power.”
During the interview Bennett refused to answer what ministry he would like to head should Netanyahu include him in his government, saying only that “we want to be the most influential factor in government beside Netanyahu.”