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Netanyahu, long a supporter of LGBTQ rights, courts homophobes and racists in bid to cling to power

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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In the past, Benjamin Netanyahu has championed LGBTQ rights. His party's Knesset members have also walked out of the chamber when racist politicians on the extreme right have taken the floor. Not, it seems, anymore.

For the traditional Israeli supporter of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the electoral meal he now offers includes medieval fare -- dishes bitter with racism and homophobia.

An Israeli TV Channel 13 survey this week shows Netanyahu's right-wing and religious bloc winning a total of 47 seats out of 120 in the Knesset.

With the Channel 13 poll predicting 11 seats, his party could take Netanyahu's alliance up to 58.

According to Channel 13's poll, the Religious Zionism party bloc, which includes Jewish Power, is set to get five seats.

Jewish Power has been shunned by the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which described it as a "racist and reprehensible party" when Netanyahu made an electoral pact with them in 2019.

Israel's left, desperate to build a coalition to unseat Netanyahu, is also made up of many small parties.

Meretz, a mainstream left-wing party that's also hoping to attract the votes of ethnic Arab Israelis, whose traditional parties often get 10-15 seats, has been predictably outraged by the latest pact on the right.

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