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Israeli Knesset member calls US pressure 'pure anti-Semitism'

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Knesset member Moti Yogev attacks US Secretary of State John Kerry for his role as mediator and warns President Shimon Peres is "delusional" for preaching in favor of a Palestinian state.
Israeli President Shimon Peres (R) shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sits in between them during a ceremony marking Israel's annual day of Holocaust remembrance, at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem April 8, 2013. Israel on Monday commemorates the six million Jews killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust during World War Two. 

In the last elections, when the Likud Party started losing seats to HaBayit HaYehudi, headed by Naftali Bennett, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s people began a focused campaign to halt the trend. What they planned to do was to expose the real face of the extreme right-wing party, perceived by a significant chunk of the public as a fresh young movement with a tech-savvy leader, drawing voters from the “soft right” and center.

The campaign featured the most extreme faces of the party such as Orit Strock, one of the leaders of the Jewish settlement in Hebron. In response, Bennett highlighted names that appealed to the consensus, like former Israel Defense Forces officers Yoni Chetboun and Mordhay “Moti” Yogev, a former brigade commander in the Judea and Samaria Division and an educator who focused intensively on social and economic issues.

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