Netanyahu Looks to Cash In on Assassination in Election

Protesters Say New Gaza War a 'Cynical' Effort to Court Voters

Ahmed Jabari, the top Hamas military commander in the Gaza Strip who was assassinated today in what appears to be the start of the next Israeli war against the strip, could be an incredible asset for Likud-Beiteinu.

At least that’s the hope in the party, which is expected to rely heavily on the killing in the next two months in campaigning for the election, mirroring President Obama’s own use of Osama bin Laden’s death in the US election.

But unlikely the decade-long hunt preceding bin Laden’s death, the Jabari killing came out of nowhere, with talk of resuming assassinations starting only yesterday and the attack ending a brief calm, starting a new round of rocket fire against the south.

Indeed, antiwar protesters are already mobilizing on the message of not just the Jabari assassination but the entire Gaza War being a “cynical step” by the far-right list to bolster its support ahead of the January election. Since the 2008 Gaza War was widely credited with the far-right victory in the election just two months later, they really do seem to be trying to recreate the electoral atmosphere.

Author: Jason Ditz

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