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Zionist Camp digging itself deeper hole with new campaign

The Zionist Camp’s “Netanyahu’s Hidden Taxes” campaign will be remembered as one of the most detached and disengaged political efforts in years.
Tzipi Livni (R) and Isaac Herzog, heads of the centrist Zionist Union party, hold a news conference in Tel Aviv to introduce their party's platform for the March 17 election, March 8, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR4SIUR
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Several prominent Zionist Camp Knesset members who have been recognized for their social activism were caught by surprise Dec. 6 when they learned from media reports that their party leaders had held a press conference to announce a new campaign against the two-year budget that the Knesset is expected to approve by the end of this month. The launch of the “Netanyahu’s Hidden Tax Fraud” campaign featured Knesset member and professor Manuel Trachtenberg. Sitting beside him on a podium were Zionist Camp co-leaders Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni and the head of the party’s Knesset faction, Merav Michaeli.

“We are well in the midst of debating the state budget in the Knesset,” said Trachtenberg. “This time we want to raise the curtain on Netanyahu’s economic fraud, the fraud revolving around his hidden taxes. These are all the extra payments that they take out of our pockets every month.” Trachtenberg had been a hot item when he headed the committee formed in the wake of the 2011 social justice protests. Since then, as a run-of-the-mill Knesset member, he has all but disappeared.

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