Netanyahu Addresses 30,000 at Kikar Rabin Rally


netanyahu12Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu said Sunday evening that the left-wing was making great efforts to hurt him and the Likud party because “they know that as long as Likud is in power, we won’t divide Jerusalem, we won’t make concessions, we won’t withdraw from land.”

Some 30,000 people rallied in Tel Aviv on Sunday evening in support of Israel’s right-wing parties, according to police assessment. Participants at the rally held blue and white banners supporting various parties and other signs, saying “Yachad Kulanu Likud” (a play on the names of three of the right-wing parties, which also translates to “together, we’re all Likud”), “Mistakes are paid for in blood”, “United for the land of Israel.”

“We are keeping Jerusalem, all parts of Jerusalem, under Israeli sovereignty,” Netanyahu said at an election rally organized by right-wing organizations in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square.

“We do not retreat, and we do not fold. And I say this under the greatest pressures as well. We present the Israeli people’s truth to the entire world. When there is an existential threat to our people, the prime minister of Israel must stand at the gates, even if it contradicts the US administration’s position. That’s how I have acted and how I will act with your help and with God’s help,” he continued.

“I came here as the prime minister of the entire nation – of those who don’t agree with me and of those who do, and they are many,” Netanyahu announced at the beginning of his speech, which he made standing behind bullet-proof glass.

Because of the political nature of the rally, titled “United for the Land of Israel,” and its proximity to the elections on Tuesday, the Central Election Committee barred the use of public money to fund it and barred singer Amir Benayoun, along with any other artist, of performing.

This led Economy Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) to take out a guitar, declare that the “Central Election Committee will not silence us,” and sing a rendition of Naomi Shemer’s widely popular song “Jerusalem of Gold,” off-key, with the audience singing along.

After his rousing performance, Bennett said the right-wing government lowered prices and created new jobs. “You don’t have to choose between right-wing and social. The right is social. It lowered the cost of living by 5 percent,” said Bennett.

Other speakers at the rally included United Torah Judaism MK Meir Parush and Likud’s Benny Begin and Israel Katz.

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