Netanyahu names ex-Breitbart journalist as his campaign chief

Aaron Klein confirmed as head of Likud bid for March election; ruling party says US-born adviser ‘one of the most talented strategists we ever worked with’

Aaron Klein (courtesy)
Aaron Klein (courtesy)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has named a former journalist with the right-wing Breitbart news site, who authored books challenging Barack Obama’s fitness for president, as his campaign chief for March’s national elections.

Aaron Klein, who has served as a political strategist to Netanyahu since last year, confirmed his appointment to media outlets Wednesday. He was appointed several weeks ago, according to a campaign official.

Klein worked as an adviser on Netanyahu’s March 2020 campaign and his efforts were credited by the prime minister with helping Likud become the largest party in that vote, according to JNS.

“Klein is one of the most talented strategists we ever worked with and he is tirelessly dedicated to safeguarding the State of Israel,” Jonatan Urich, a Likud party spokesman, said. “His efforts as chief strategist in the previous election were central to Likud under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu receiving more votes than any party in Israeli history.”

Klein is a former US radio show host and ex-Jerusalem bureau chief for Breitbart News. He was appointed by the site’s executive chairman at the time, Steven Bannon, who would later become a key strategist to Donald Trump.

Klein is the author of a number of books about Obama. They include: “The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists”; “Fool Me Twice: Obama’s Shocking Plans for the Next Four Years Exposed”; and “Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office.”

Netanyahu, who is fighting a tough reelection battle, has a long history of using American campaign advisers. One of his main challengers, Gideon Sa’ar, recently hired several founders of “The Lincoln Project,” an anti-Trump Republican organization, as advisers.

Netanyahu and Obama clashed repeatedly during his time in office over Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians and the nuclear agreement Obama’s administration negotiated with Iran. President Joe Biden is expected to restore many of those policies.

Jacob Magid contributed to this report.

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