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Political 'Center'? Media Trick to Fool the Masses

There is only left and right in the elections says Jordan Valley head - strong leftist showing in polls due to politicians who deceive.

Benny Toker, Ari Yashar,

Yair Lapid, Yitzhak Herzog, Zehava Galon
Yair Lapid, Yitzhak Herzog, Zehava Galon
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Chairman of the Jordan Valley Regional Council David Elhayani told Arutz Sheva on Tuesday that despite the media efforts to portray numerous parties such as Labor, Yesh Atid and Hatnua as "centrist" politically, there is no such thing, and the efforts are an attempt to mislead the public.

"This is an election campaign in which we need to decide between left and right, and make no mistake, there is no center here, that's only a word of media advisers," argued Elhayani.

"Just this morning we heard that (MK) Amir Peretz (Hatnua) is ready to return to '67 borders with land swaps, they want to return everything to the Palestinians," said Elhayani, emphasizing "that's left, not center."

The issue is crucial given that polls indicate that "centrist" parties as they are being touted can expect a strong showing in the elections, with a joint Labor and Hatnua list becoming the largest party, and former Likud Minister Moshe Kahlon's new party that is giving signs of being decidedly leftist also doing well.

Despite the polls, Elhayani argues that most of the country holds right-wing political opinions. Rather, the problem according to him is that they are being tricked by the media.

"There's a choice here between a left and a right which recognizes the Palestinian demography but also strives to protect the region amid advancement not only in immediate security but also long-term security," said Elhayani. "Citizens need to ask themselves if they'll go to the right that defends security and the future, or if they'll go to the unknown."

Elhayani accused leftist candidates of fooling the public in every election campaign, saying "unfortunately politicians like Yair Lapid broadcast political ambiguity during elections, because they know most of the public is right-wing; they're trying to deceive it and speak with ambiguous slogans while manipulating friendly media."

"That's the reason that despite the fact that the public has moved right, the Knesset moved left, because those elected deceive the public, they trick the voting public," charged Elhayani.

"Therefore now too in elections they prefer to use personal tactics, (saying) we're against Bibi without a discussion on principles," said Elhayani using Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's nickname. "I hope that the Israeli public will sober up and understand what's hiding behind the masks."