Lapid Slams Herzog, Bennett Blasts Bibi

Elections are hours away and rival parties are making it a point to strike back at those trying to 'steal' their voters away.

Cynthia Blank ,

Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett
Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett
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With elections mere hours away, Monday has seen a fierce onslaught of verbal attacks between politicians struggling for the same constituents. 

The Zionist Union of Labor-Hatnua is aiming to take votes from the center-left Yesh Atid, but its Chairman, Yair Lapid, is hitting back.

Ahead of a press conference scheduled Monday evening for voters torn between Yesh Atid and its party, the Zionist Union struck at Lapid, warning, "if Lapid's voters do not wake up, [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu will reduce the gap and form the government."

But Lapid rejected the claims in an interview with Walla! News. "They initially said 'a vote for Yair is a vote for Bibi,' but that didn't work because people knew it was nonsense." 

"I challenged Herzog to say he would not join a unity government with Netanyahu," Lapid continued, "and of course he didn't agree. It's impossible to say I am in favor of Bibi; there's no logic in that." 

"They then went to numerical issue, arguing that if they finish as the largest party they will be asked to form the next government - but there is a limit to naiveté. The President said that he will not give the task to form a coalition to the largest party, rather to the person with the best chances."

"I didn't expect them to call on people to vote for Yesh Atid," Lapid added, "but what's the logic in attacking the party that takes votes from the Right?" 

According to Lapid, Zionist Union co-chairs, Yitzhak Herzog and Tzipi Livni have already reached an agreement with the haredi parties. "For two days I've said they closed a deal with the haredim, and there's no denial from their side. Why? Because it's true."

Meanwhile, on the right side of the political spectrum, Jewish Home and Likud continue to duke it out for votes. 

As Netanyahu and his Likud party persist in trying to cater toward religious Zionist voters, Jewish Home's Chairman, Naftali Bennett, accused the Prime Minister of calling Jewish Home supporters in an effort to persuade them to vote otherwise. 

Speaking to Walla!, Bennett blasted the Likud for continuing its "vitriolic attacks" against Jewish Home - the same sort of tactics, Bennett argues, they also resorted to during the 2013 elections. 

"The hide the fact that a large Likud and a small Jewish Home led to the disasters of the disengagement and [Netanyahu's 2009] Bar Ilan speech," Bennett accused. 

"At the moment, we're in a very tough place with activists, but if we won't gain more mandates, we'll be in the opposition and there'll be a unity government with Bibi, Tzipi, and Buji."

"I believe that yesterday's reception helped lead to a strengthening of votes for us. We will continue with all our power to bring Jewish Home voters home," Bennett stressed.