Public Security Minister Amir Ohana briefly posted a picture on Facebook Friday in which he is seen shooting a target with “center bloc” written on it, four days before Israel's March 23 election.
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Ohana deleted the post soon after, saying that he was shooting at a target with terrorists on it and that the words, hinting at his Likud party's political rivals, were added later without his knowledge.
“In reality I was shooting at figures of armed terrorists… the 'center bloc' was added after the fact and didn’t appear in reality,” Ohana said in a tweet. “We will defeat out political rivals at the ballot box. We are not enemies; we belong to the same people.”
After Ohana posted his response, Israel Hayom said that during editing of the interview, "funny graphics in poor taste were added, which showed Ohana aiming at the 'center bloc.'"
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They further added that "there was no intention of promoting violence, and we apologize if someone was offended."
Israel Hayom has since removed this section from the clip.