Netanyahu blames decline of popularity on "world forces"

(AGI) Jerusalem, March 10 - Israeli Prime Minister BenjaminNetanyahu's passionate speech before the United States Congressdid not have the same effect at home.

(AGI) Jerusalem, March 10 - Israeli Prime Minister BenjaminNetanyahu's passionate speech before the United States Congressdid not have the same effect at home. One week from the Israelielections, Netanyahu has lost ground in the opinion polls andhas blamed it on "a huge, international effort" to topple hisgovernment. During a meeting with Likud activists, the leaderadmitted that the ongoing election campaign is a "fight to thelast vote". "It is a very tight race. Nothing is guaranteedbecause there is a huge, worldwide effort to topple the Likudgovernment," he said in the meeting held on Monday but aired bythe Army Radio on Tuesday morning. Netanyahu had alreadysounded the alarm, pointing a finger some time ago at groupslike V15, which has been campaigning against the right-wingLikud party for some time. The organisation is financed withmillions of shekels from abroad, he said. Netanyahu had askedGeneral Prosecutor Shai Nitzan to check if V15 is violating thelaw by raising so much money in this way but the authoritieshad not found a connection with any particular political group. .