Netanyahu made his statement to Gantz: Sorry if people with disabilities were hurt
PM Olmert Reports Public Blitz After Burns Blue-White Chair in the Likud Campaign Opening Event and Stuttering His Video Stuttering - Blamed on "Value Depression" - and apologized on Twitter: "Certainly my words did not relate to people with disabilities"
Netanyahu made his statement to Gantz: Sorry if people with disabilities were hurtPhoto by Roni Kanfo, Edit: Shaul Adam
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized Wednesday for speaking to Blue and White Chairman Benny Gantz at a Likud event last week, stating that he did not intend to harm disabled people. During the opening ceremony of the party's campaign in the Nation's Buildings in Jerusalem, Netanyahu streamed a video of Gantz stammering And he said, "Once upon a time it was either us or them, today it is either us or uh."
Today, Netanyahu tweeted a clarification on his intention, writing: "In my words last night, I said that Benny Gantz has no achievements, has nothing to offer and has nothing to say to Israeli citizens. Contrary to the way things were presented in the media, my words certainly did not relate to people with disabilities and if there were anyone injured I am very sorry about that.More in Walla! NEWS More in Walla! NEWS
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"Certainly my words did not address people with any disabilities." Netanyahu at the event, last night (Photo: Reuven Castro)
PM Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the Likud Campaign Opening Event for the 2020 Elections, Nationals Building, Jerusalem, January 21, 2020 (Photo: Reuben Castro)
Netanyahu's clarification comes after the public criticism he suffered, after his words were derided by stuttering. Earlier, CEO of Stuttering Organization in Israel (AMBI), Hanan Horowitz, said earlier: "The mocking imitation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a person who stutters is a first-rate slump in the political system in Israel. Tens of thousands of people who stutter in Israel who deal daily, hourly , With great courage in the face of a hostile reality, are not the object of ridicule, but of pride. "
Horowitz added that "every mockery of stuttering, whether it refers to a person who stutters or is labeled as such, is unworthy and immoral. The attempt to portray a politician as a stammerer to slander him and ridicule him is worrying. What is said to thousands of children and girls who stutter the prime minister? "We mock Prime Minister Netanyahu and all politicians: leave the stutter out of the election campaign."