Gantz Videos Accuse Netanyahu of Paying Off Hamas, Evicting Jews

New Hosen L’Yisrael campaign videos slam Netanyahu for transferring money to Hamas, promise not to 'pay protection fees' to the organization

Former Israeli chief of staff Benny Gantz at an electoral rally in Tel Aviv on January 29, 2019.
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Hosen L’Yisrael leader Benny Gantz published videos on social media on Tuesday slamming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies toward Hamas in Gaza, his support for the 2005 Gaza pullout, Israel’s high cost of living and the country’s health system troubles.

One of the videos features footage of civilians running for cover as air raid sirens go off along the Gaza border. A caption reads: “Netanyahu pays Hamas murderers $15 million every month in cash. In exchange, we’ve gotten hundreds of rockets targeting our residents in the south, tens of thousands of acres of torched land, hundreds of incendiary kites and balloons, tens of thousands of children in shelters. We won’t pay protection fees to Hamas. We won’t abandon the residents in the south.”

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Another video examines how Netanyahu and other Likud members backed the Gaza pullout. “Israel Katz forcibly evicted Jews, Tzahi Hanegbi forcibly evicted Jews, Yuval Steinitz forcibly evicted Jews, Netanyahu forcibly evicted Jews,” a caption says, while in the background the sounds of “yay, yay, and yay” is heard in a Knesset vote. At the end of the video a narrator says “This isn’t the way to achieve secure peace.”

In a third video Gantz addresses the high cost of living and collapsing health system. “We need a government that resolves our real problems rather than being self—centered,” Gantz says in a speech that is edited into the video. Gantz promises that as Prime Minister, he would declare a national emergency in the health system, establish two more hospitals in the north and south, set in motion an equal opportunity revolution in the education system, and seek to break up cartels, smash monopolies and encourage greater competition.