Prime Minister Yair Lapid vows zero tolerance for racism in his Yesh Atid party after being criticized over a Russian-language campaign webpage that called opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud a sectoral Sephardic party.
In a statement, Lapid says he called for all Yesh Atid campaign material in Russian to be taken down from the internet, and for the unnamed person who wrote the text to be fired.
“There will be no display of any type of racism among us,” he says. “Whoever says or writes something racist will be out of Yesh Atid that day.”
He accuses Netanyahu of seizing on his comments.
“He never misses an opportunity to incite and divide,” Lapid says.
The premier also argues that there are more Sephardic candidates at the top of Yesh Atid’s electoral list than Likud’s.