Mar. 20, 2015
The Accusation of Racism Against Netanyahu – Jennifer Rubin
On election night Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu told his followers (and this was borne out entirely by the unprecedented success of the Arab Joint List, which gained 13 seats) that activists were working to hike Arab turnout. (“Arab voters are coming in droves to the ballot boxes….NGOs bring them in buses.”) His accusation that certain groups sought his downfall by hiking the Joint List is beyond dispute.
The president’s former political operative, Jeremy Bird, who is part of the nonprofit One Voice, had gone to Israel for precisely this purpose, to hike Arab turnout and therefore help unseat the Israeli prime minister. “We are doing an amazing job at getting out the vote with over 15,000 volunteers and more than 40 tents set up throughout Israel,” a spokesman for the V15 political action group, allied with One Voice, bragged.
Netanyahu was not marginalizing the Arab vote; to the contrary, he was recognizing that the greater the Joint List turnout, the greater chance he would fall from power. (Washington Post)