In recent weeks, a conspiracy theory has been making the rounds on the dark corners of the Israeli internet. It alleges that Israel’s election on Tuesday will include widespread voter fraud in mail-in ballots. There is only one problem with the theory, which is laid out in detail in conspiratorial social media accounts: Israel doesn’t allow voting by mail.
Posts like these are perhaps the most explicit example of a concerted attempt by far-right extremists and supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to import the “Stop the Steal” campaign of Trump and his followers for the latest Israeli election, the fourth in two years. Now, with the final votes being counted, the campaign may spring into action.
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Haaretz reveals how Benjamin and Yair Netanyahu, Likud officials and their media proxies have been using the Trump (and QAnon) playbook to cast doubt over election results since April 2019https://t.co/DlNO4wjsbM
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) March 24, 2021
I spent the last two weeks in Israeli Qanon groups. This is what I discovered https://t.co/SqbJPTh4fa
— Omer Benjakob (@omerbenj) March 23, 2021