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Israelis vote Tuesday as Netanyahu seeks re-election

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Israelis are voting Tuesday, for the fourth time in two years, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeks re-election after a record-breaking 12 consecutive years in office.

Netanyahu has refused to resign after being indicted for alleged bribery and fraud, which has divided the country into two polarizing sides. This has led Israel to hold elections more frequently than any other major democracy.

Netanyahu has denied the allegations. His trial on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust has already begun and is expected to resume in April.

It is predicted to be a tight race between Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is a member of the Likud party, and his opponents, according to the latest opinion polls.

Netanyahu’s rivals include Yair Lapid, a member of the Yesh Atid party, who has emerged as as the moderate candidate to Netanyahu.

“Vote, vote, vote, vote, vote,” Netanyahu said after casting his ballot in Jerusalem, Calling the occasion a “festival of democracy.”

Lapid said, “this the moment of truth for the state of Israel,” as he casted his vote in Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu hopes his coronavirus vaccine rollout will win him another term in office with Israel vaccinating its population faster than any other country.

Netanyahu is urging his supporters to vote, tweeting that there has been a low voter turnout.

“Low turnout in the South. Likudniks must go to the polls now. Take family and friends. Two more seats and we win and form a strong right-wing government,” Netanyahu wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

An official vote tally may be calculated by Wednesday.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Judge orders Biden’s DHS to release files on agents accused of censoring election ‘misinformation’

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Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry made headway in countering federal agents involved in suppressing what liberal tech labeled “misinformation” on social media.

The Attorneys General moved to release testimony from five Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) employees after learning of their participation in the Biden administration’s counter-“disinformation” efforts. On Wednesday, a Louisiana judge ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the files.

Court documents dated Jan. 19 show  the agents participated. The judge’s motion Wednesday could shed light on a “switchboarding” tactic employed during the 2020 election, according to the order.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants, which include the named individuals as well as President Joe Biden and top officials from a variety of federal agencies, “colluded and/or coerced social media companies to suppress disfavored speakers, viewpoints, and content on social media platforms by labeling the content “dis-information,” “mis-information,” and “mal-formation.”

The Daily Caller reports that the five CISA employees allegedly served as a “switchboard” to route requests from federal agencies to censor disinformation to various social media companies, according to the documents.

Switchboard work employed “an audit official to identify something on social media they deemed to be disinformation aimed at their jurisdiction,” top CISA election security agent Brian Skully testified in a deposition released Thursday.

“They couldforward that to CISA and CISA would share that with the appropriate social mediacompanies.”

 

 

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