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Elections committee orders Lapid to remove photos with troops from social media

Prime Minister and Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid speaks during an election campaign event in Tel Aviv, September 8, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Prime Minister and Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid speaks during an election campaign event in Tel Aviv, September 8, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

The Central Elections Committee orders Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party to immediately remove photos of the premier with IDF troops from his social media account, ruling the posts are forbidden electioneering.

The panel’s chair, Supreme Court Justice Yitzhak Amit, also orders Yesh Atid to pay NIS 40,000 in legal fees.

The ruling comes in response to an appeal filed by opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party; the committee similarly hit Likud with a fine and ordered Netanyahu to remove photos with soldiers in 2019 when he was premier.

Israeli election law bars the use of uniformed troops in campaign materials and campaigning on military bases is illegal.

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