WASHINGTON – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing a tough re-election bid in 12 days, has enlisted Fox News host Sean Hannity for his campaign.
Netanyahu on Thursday uploaded a new campaign video in which Hannity calls him "Churchillian" and says that Netanyahu was "the sole voice of moral clarity against modern evil in our time until Donald Trump got into office."
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Netanyahu referred to Hannity in a tweet promoting the video as "the senior analyst of Fox News." Within minutes the video received thousands of views.
The ad also includes positive remarks about Netanyahu made by Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz. The video was posted hours after Netanyahu posted a campaign video featuring a confrontation between himself and former President Barack Obama.
The prior clip of the program posted by Netanyahu recounts the tense meeting between the two leaders in May 2011 after Obama took Netanyahu by surprise by publicly stating that he believed “the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.”
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On Facebook, Netanyahu wrote in Hebrew that “in the face of all pressure, I will protect our country,” punctuated with an Israeli flag.
Hannity hosts "The Sean Hannity Show" and in the past has informally advised U.S. President Donald Trump, who speaks with him about political issues on a regular basis. He participated in a campaign rally for Trump and the Republican party days before the 2018 midterm elections. Hannity has said on several occasions that he is "not a journalist" in reply to criticism of his approach to Trump.