Israeli PM’s bid to place cameras at polling stations fails

Published September 9, 2019, 7:10 PM

by Rica Arevalo

By the Associated Press

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed in his bid to legislate that cameras be installed in polling stations to prevent what his supporters claim is voting fraud in Arab districts.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Israel, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (Abir Sultan / Pool Photo via AP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Israel, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (Abir Sultan / Pool Photo via AP / MANILA BULLETIN)

A parliamentary committee voted it down Monday before it reached the plenum.

Netanyahu sought to pass the legislation a week before elections. He’s accused his opponents of conspiring to “steal” the election.

Netanyahu insists the proposal was a matter of transparency. It drew renewed accusations that he was promoting racism and incitement against the country’s Arab minority.

With his career on the line, Netanyahu has increasingly been embracing some tactics of President Donald Trump.

Netanyahu routinely lashes out at the media, the judiciary, the police, and his political opponents, claiming there is a conspiracy of “elites” to oust him.

 
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