Netanyahu: Zionist Camp's Arab Candidate Shows They're anti-Zionist

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denouncing Zionist Camp in a video.Credit: Facebook

An Arab Knesset candidate for Zionist Camp, the joint Labor-Hatnuah list, found himself at the center of a media storm Thursday, after Likud cited courtroom testimony he gave nearly two years ago to support its argument that the combined Labor Party-Hatnuah ticket is in fact anti-Zionist.

Zouheir Bahloul, a veteran sports broadcaster who is Arab, is No. 17 on Zionist Camp’s Knesset slate. In March 2013, he was a character witness in the trial of a man accused of aiding Hezbollah. Bahloul told the court he disapproved of the actions of the defendant, Milad Khatib, but he lauded Khatib’s family for its contribution to Jewish-Arab coexistence.

Shortly after Bahloul’s testimony was reported on the Walla news site, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a video on the Internet in which he denounced Zionist Camp for putting Bahloul on its ticket. He said the move was “additional evidence of the anti-Zionist nature of the left-wing slate” headed by Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni.

Invoking Herzog’s nickname, Netanyahu said in his video: “This latest revelation is additional evidence of the anti-Zionist nature of the left-wing slate headed by Tzipi and Bougie. When a future Knesset member for this slate gives character testimony in praise of Hezbollah, what more is there to add?”

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