Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is using pictures of himself with US President Donald Trump in his election campaign poster.
Billboard in Tel Aviv today of Netanyahu and Trump's smiling faces, with the slogan "Netanyahu: In another league" pic.twitter.com/oR8Ex1prK5
— Lahav Harkov (@LahavHarkov) February 3, 2019
The poster from Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party shows the two leaders shaking hands under the headline “Netanyahu, in a different league,” with “The Likud” at the bottom.
The slogan refers to Trump’s apparently strong relationship with Netanyahu. After all, in 2018 the POTUS fulfilled his election promise to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, sparking anger worldwide. The move was widely praised by the Jewish parties across Israel’s normally very partisan political spectrum.
Trump also appeared in a Likud campaign video shared to Netanyahu’s Facebook page last week which celebrated the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a claim much of the world disagrees with.
Posted by Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו on Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Netanyahu, according to polls, is the favorite in the upcoming April 9th elections. The current Prime Minister, as well as Defense, Health and Foreign Minister is leading by a large margin.
That may change, since former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Benny Gantz joined the race.
Polls taken after Gantz’s maiden speech on January 29 showed his Israel Resilience appears to be gaining steam in the race against Netanyahu’s Likud ahead of the elections, though still six to nine seats behind.
“Potentially of more significance, a Channel 12 poll showed that a Gantz-headed alliance with the fellow centrist Yesh Atid party would win 35 seats to the Likud’s 30. In such a scenario, Gantz could be well-placed to become prime minister,” Times of Israel reported.
Naturally, the photograph of the massive poster triggered a response on social media. Some pointed out that the two leaders were made to look the same height, whereas Trump is usually noticeably taller than Netanyahu.
Trump has arrived to help with the Israeli elections. Here he is in Tel Aviv pic.twitter.com/SjPDQ8fyK9
— Raoul Wootliff (@RaoulWootliff) February 3, 2019
There is also a poster of Trump and Netanyahu at the entrance to Jerusalem.
— Gil Hoffman (@Gil_Hoffman) February 3, 2019
According to Aawsat, the Israeli PM also used pictures of him with Russian President Vladimir Putin in his campaign.
He also launched Likud TV, “which is a marketing TV channel dubbed after Likud party. It airs daily in the evening through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.”
“When all the stations are creating their own news, we’re here to tell you the truth. To provide positive coverage, that’s true,” famous presenter Eliraz Sadeh said in the inaugural webcast.