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Netanyahu pledges to lower prices, return national pride, curb Iran ahead of elections

Benjamin Netanyahu speaks in the Knesset ahead of a vote to dissolve parliament, June 30, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Benjamin Netanyahu speaks in the Knesset ahead of a vote to dissolve parliament, June 30, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Speaking at the Knesset before it is set to disperse, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu announces his election campaign promises.

He promises to raise Israel “to new heights,” having turned it into the eighth most powerful nation on Earth and brought the Abraham Accords peace agreements. He says the outgoing coalition is reaping the benefits of those achievements, even though some of its members opposed the accords.

“We got Israel out of COVID first in the world and turned Israel into a cyber and high-tech power,” he says.

“We bolstered pride in Jewish identity… Despite international pressure, we doubled the population of the Jews in Judea and Samaria. There’s a huge public behind us.”

“When we win the election we will roll up our sleeves and charge at the goals,” Netanyahu says.

“Our first task is to lower prices and restore economic stability and growth for the benefit of all Israeli citizens — Jews, Arabs, Bedouins, Circassians, religious, secular, ultra-Orthodox. Everyone. This is what we did when we got Israel out of major economic crises of the past,” he says.

He adds that his party will “return national pride” and prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

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