Netanyahu and Likud Abruptly Part Ways With Former Trump Campaign Advisers

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Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager for Trump, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee, Washington, September 17, 2019.
Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager for Trump, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee, Washington, September 17, 2019.Credit: Jacquelyn Martin,AP
Chaim Levinson
Chaim Levinson

After a month of work, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud have abruptly parted ways with two former Trump campaign aides, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, who were brought to advise the Likud campaign ahead of the March 2 election.

Lewandowski, a Republican political activist from New Hampshire, was Trump's first campaign manager. He was replaced by Paul Manafort shortly before Trump won the Republican primary. Lewandowski remained in Trump's inner circle, and has been one of his most outspoken supporters in the media. Lewandowski considered running for the Senate on behalf of New Hampshire in the 2020 election, yet decided against it early this year.

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Bossie is a veteran adviser for the Republican Party who served as Trump's deputy-campaign manager in September 2016.

The two former Trump aides were brought to advise the Likud campaign following two indecisive election campaigns in April and September of 2019. Netanyahu decided that his long time campaign staff, which includes Topaz Luk, Jonatan Urich, Ofer Golan and Srulik Einhorn, could use a fresh perspective from the outside.

David Bossie speaking at the 2017 CPAC in National Harbor, Maryland, February 25, 2017.Credit: Gaga Skidmore

Lewandowski and Bossie held a number of meetings with the Likud team, and built a positive campaign strategy that emphasized the prime minister's achievements, avoided negativity and included lots of work in the field.

In the past few days, Likud decided to end their collaboration with the two Trump associates. The reasons for the sudden end to their collaboration are unclear. Lewandowski and Bossie packed their things and have already returned to the United States.  

Aaron Klein, a journalist for the alt-right news outlet Breitbart, continues to advise Netanyahu and has become very influential in the premier's inner circle over the past few months.

Forty-one days before the March 2 election, Likud has yet to begin actively campaigning. There have been no campaign posters around Israel, or campaign videos released on the web. Likud will hold a large campaign launch event Tuesday evening at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem.

Likud did not comment on the departure of Lewandowski and Bossie.

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