Jewish Home Accuses Lapid of Stealing Initiatives

Jewish Home's latest campaign clip attacks Lapid for blocking party's initiatives in 19th Knesset, and now using them as campaign promises.

Cynthia Blank,

Lapid and Bennett talk during Knesset session
Lapid and Bennett talk during Knesset session
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As elections for the 20th Knesset approach, politicians are on the offensive, riddling their campaign videos with attacks on other parties and politicians. 

Jewish Home's latest election clip, for instance, is chock full of harsh criticism of its former coalition partner, Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid. 

In the video, Jewish Home Chairman and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett accuses the former finance minister of preventing initiatives aimed at easing the cost of living. 

The clip opens with someone holding a book titled "Pinocchio Learns Accounting" by Y. Lapid. Bennett then appears and begins to criticize his "brother" for basing his campaign on false slogans, rather than real actions.

According to Bennett, only ahead of elections did Lapid remember to talk about small businesses, disregarding the vast achievements for small businesses that Bennett accomplished during his tenure as Economy Minister. 

Bennett also accuses Lapid of touting a program that Bennett already initiated - namely, granting unemployment benefits to self-employed citizens. According to Bennett, Lapid is even promising to get the initiative passed in the next Knesset. 

At the end of the clip, Bennett sums up: "The test is not of slogans, but of actions. And that, Yair Lapid, is the whole story."

Addressing the campaign video, Jewish Home officials said, "it's time to stop spreading slogans. Lapid was Chairman of the Housing Cabinet and prices rose five percent. Bennett was Chairman of the Cost of Living Cabinet and prices fell five and a half percent."

"Yair's campaign promises all the same actions that Jewish Home initiated during his tenure as finance minister," the party accused. 

"You cannot stop initiatives when you are finance minister and then promise them in the the hopes of returning to the same role. It's time the public knows the facts."