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Feminist MK: OK to Attack Male, not Female Rivals

MK Zehava Gal-On nixes ads slamming female Likud MKs, but not ones attacking men.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/13/2013, 8:53 PM

MK Gal-On
MK Gal-On
Israel news photo: Flash 90

MK Zehava Gal-On of Meretz, which was recently described by one of its Knesset candidates as a "leftist-feminist" party, decided to pull advertisements attacking female MKs from Likud.

Advertisements against male rivals appear to be fine with her, however, according to a report in Maariv-NRG.

Last week, Meretz began running internet advertisements attacking Likud MKs Moshe Feiglin, Danny Danon, Tzipi Hotovely and Miri Regev, as well as Bayit Yehudi head Naftali Bennett. The ads target voters who may opt not to vote at all, warning them that doing so means allowing more MKs like these in the next Knesset.

However, according to the report, Galon has decided not to run the advertisements that feature MKs Regev and Hotovely, who are both women. "I decided to pull the Miri Regev ad out of gender considerations," Galon explained. "I am in favor of the campaign but I will not attack women who run for Knesset."

"That is why I called MK Regev, told her that the ad featuring her was run without my knowledge and gave instructions to pull the ad. Not that I think that MK Regev is such an innocent lamb, but it would be wrong for me to attack women," she further stated. "One needs to maintain standards, even in politics."

Galon said that Regev thanked her warmly and that she pulled down the ads against Hotovely at the same time.

The ads against Danon, Feiglin and Bennett are apparently to continue running.