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Likud fails to present platform
With countdown to elections in full swing, ruling party has yet to make its political platform public. 'Asking ruling party about its agenda is petty,' says Minister Erdan

With only two days until the Israeli public is scheduled to vote for its new government, Ynet has learned that the Likud – the ruling party, which is also expected to win the elections – has yet to make its political platform public.

 

The Likud, which joined forces with Yisrael Beiteinu to run on the same ticket, has so far failed to publish its positions on security, the economy, social issues and the peace process.

 

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Political sources told Ynet that the joint Likud-Beiteinu election campaign has been toiling away on the issue for weeks, but the two parties have yet to reach an understanding, especially on matters pertaining to diplomatic and security issues.

 

A Likud insider told Ynet that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has "opted to keep a low profile" regarding the joint platform in order to minimize the exposure to past promises made in regards to the Palestinian issue.

 

"Asking a ruling party what its platform is is a bit petty," Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan, who heads the Likud's election campaign said. "At times, any connection between the platform and reality is purely coincidental."

 

He denied that the platform was shelved due to disagreements with Yisrael Beiteinu.

 

Yuval Karni is a Ynet and Yedioth Ahronoth correspondent

 

 

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