ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 143

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Likud campaign managers bad at math?

A new mobile campaign by Likud calls on right-wing voters who are considering voting for Yesh Atid or Kulanu to refrain from doing so because this will make “a far-left government closer than ever.”

The Likud graphic sent to mobile phone users on Thursday, March 12, warns against a 64-MK "radical left" government - but the numbers next to each party's name add up to only 63. (Photo credit: screen capture)
The Likud graphic sent to mobile phone users on Thursday, March 12, warns against a 64-MK “radical left” government – but the numbers next to each party’s name add up to only 63. (Photo credit: screen capture)

The text is accompanied by a (bogus) graphic of the plenum, designed to look like the graphics shown on television news in the past few weeks. It shows a 64-MK coalition with Zionist Union (24), the Joint (Arab) List (15), Yesh Atid (12), Meretz (5) and Kulanu (7).

Two problems: the graphic shows an imaginary coalition made up of parties whose leaders already confirmed they would not sit together. Yesh Atid and Kulanu would not be in a coalition with the Arab list, while the Arabs have said they would not join any government defined by “Zionist” values; they even refused to sign a vote-sharing agreement with Meretz.

And then there’s the math. The numbers don’t add up to 64 but to 63.

The graphic was sent via WhatsApp from a phone number that seems to be located in the Philippines

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