'They want to bring down the Prime Minister over cigars'

Thousands of Likud activists meet at airport for annual toast, and to express support for PM and his wife.

Yoni Kempinski,

MK David Bitan
MK David Bitan
Yoni Kempinski

Thousands of Likud activists from all over the country arrived Wednesday evening for the party's "toast" event at the airport in honor of the Jewish new year, in the presence of Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife, Likud cabinet ministers and Knesset members.

Coalition chairman MK David Bitan (Likud) did not hide the fact that the "toast" event has become another show of support for Prime Minister Netanyahu this evening.

"In the end there is a struggle here for public opinion and we have to make our contribution," Bitan told Arutz Sheva. "Through events like this, we cause our activists to be a part of the cause and raise their morale."

Bitan said that he plans to coin a new phrase this evening. "I am going to refer to the demonstrations at 'cigar square,'" he said, explaining that the left-wing demonstrations in Petach Tikvah were "to bring down the prime minister because of cigars."

It should be noted that some 15 activists for the disabled are demonstrating outside the entrance to the "Avenue" events center in the airport, where the Likud convention is being held. The demonstrators are speaking with Likud activists, demanding that Prime Minister Netanyahu raise disability allowances.

"רוצים להפיל ראש ממשלה בגלל סיגרים"