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Jerusalem - An Israeli Political Party Is Running On The Slogan ’Make Israel Normal Again’

Published on: July 9, 2019 03:00 PM
By: JTA
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Avigdor Liberman's new campaign slogan riffs off of President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again." (Screenshot from Twitter)Avigdor Liberman's new campaign slogan riffs off of President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again." (Screenshot from Twitter)

Jerusalem - Avigdor Liberman, the man who stopped Benjamin Netanyahu from forming an Israeli government this year, has a new campaign slogan: “Make Israel Normal Again.”

The slogan showed up, in English, at the end of Liberman’s latest campaign ad. Liberman heads the Yisrael Beiteinu party, which has historically stood for the interests of Israel’s Russian-speaking immigrants, advocating a hawkish defense policy and separation of religion and state.

The slogan is a clear nod to President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

Liberman is positioning his party as a moderate alternative to Israel’s far left and far right. Liberman’s ad claims that Netanyahu is ready to ally with the far-right and haredi Orthodox parties. It also claims the prime minister’s rival, Benny Gantz, is ready to ally with the center-left Labor Party and Arab-Israeli parties, who are seen as far left in Israel. Instead, Liberman promises to form a unity government with both sides.

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(Netanyahu has signaled his intention to ally his Likud party with the far right, and Gantz would probably ally his party, Blue and White, with Labor. But Gantz has promised not to join a coalition with Arab-Israeli parties.)

Liberman, a former Netanyahu ally, foiled the prime minister’s bid to form a new Israeli governing coalition earlier this year. That triggered an unprecedented second election in September, five months after the one in April.



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 Jul 09, 2019 at 05:43 PM georgeg Says:

"normal again"? The past "normal" was high inflation, existential wars and even more constrained borders than currently. Is that the "normal" they are talking about?

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 02:18 PM StevenWright Says:

Laws in both the US and Israel that state that no minors or imbeciles may be elected to public office must be passed.

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