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PM apologizes to airport workers for campaign clip

Netanyahu meets with the chairman of the Israeli Airport Authority worker’s association, Pinhas Idan, and apologizes for a Likud campaign video that drew comparisons between state employees and Hamas terrorists. The offending clip was quickly withdrawn but copies of it are still circulating on YouTube and other websites. Its bad taste marks one of the lowest points in Likud’s campaign, so far.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to CBS's "Face the Nation" on March 8, 2015. (Screen capture: CBS)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to CBS’s “Face the Nation” on March 8, 2015. (Screen capture: CBS)

Idan says “Netanyahu took responsibility for the inappropriate content of the clip,” Idan is quoted by Globes as saying. “He apologizes to workers in Israel and to anyone who was offended by the clip. Bibi told me he had no intention for it to be interpreted this way. Still, he is not refusing to take responsibility and offers his apology and regret to anyone who was hurt.”

On Sunday Idan, who is also No. 36 on the Likud list, published a letter sent to Netanyahu where he demanded that the PM apologize and threatened that if he did not, Likud would lose many voters among IAA employees.

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