A Day Before Election, Netanyahu Already Knows 'Arabs Are Out Voting in Large Numbers' - Listen

Netanyahu's party records messages to be sent on Election Day claiming high voter turnout among Arabs and leftists: 'You must leave the house, you can't be complacent'

Chaim Levinson
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Likud election billboard in Be'er Sheva, southern Israel, September 15, 2019.
Likud election billboard in Be'er Sheva, southern Israel, September 15, 2019.Credit: AFP
Chaim Levinson
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party has already recorded messages to be sent out on Election Day on Tuesday to hundreds of thousands of voters’ phones warning them of very high voter turnout among Arab communities and in “left-wing strongholds.” (For the latest election polls – click here)

The recordings, which Haaretz has obtained, are scheduled to be sent at 4:30 P.M. on September 17.

In response, Likud said that “The report is incorrect.”

A day before election, Netanyahu already knows how Arabs are voting

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For weeks, Likud has planned a campaign intended to motivate voters to go out and cast their ballot toward the end of Election Day. The party analyzed and segmented various population groups and cities based on their support for Likud, prepared lists of their cellphone numbers and plan on sending them recorded messages on Tuesday according to these groupings. Likud lawmakers and mayors have also recorded messages conveying the same theme.

Prophetically, Likud already knows what to say in Tuesday’s message: “From a check we are conducting in real time, voter turnout is significantly low in your area. You must now leave the house. You cannot be complacent.”

In another recorded message, intended for wide-scale distribution among right-wing voters, the head of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council in the West Bank, Israel Gantz, already knows that in Arab towns “there is a very high voter turnout.” This recorded message is also scheduled for 4:30 P.M.

“I have devoted my entire life to settling the Land of Israel. We are at a critical hour,” he says. “If Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not form the government, we may well enter a freeze of settlements and the destruction of the Zionist effort.”

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“According to the information we have, the voter turnout in the Arab community is very high and also in the left-wing strongholds who want to replace right-wing rule.

"We could well wake up to a left-wing government that could divide Jerusalem and hand over parts of the country to the enemy. We have time. I’m asking you for everyone to make sure they, their family and everyone around them go out and vote for the right-wing parties, and strengthen Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,” the head of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council says in the recorded message.

On Election Day in 2015, Netanyahu released a video in which he said “Arab voters are flocking to the polls in droves, left-wing NGOs are bringing them in buses.” After the election, he met with Arab, Druze and Circassian citizens in the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem, and expressed regret for what he said. “I know that the things I said a few days ago offended some Israeli citizens, offended Arab Israelis. I had no intention of doing so. I’m sorry.”

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