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Israel: Election rhetoric includes 'blowing up' mosque

(Times of Israel) Center-left party leaders Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid castigated Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party on Saturday as including dangerous extremists. They both focused on a 2011 speech in Florida by American-born Jeremy Gimpel, 14th on the Jewish Home list, in which he rejoiced at the possibility of the Dome of Rock on the Temple Mount being blown up, and the cornerstone of a third Jewish Temple laid in its place.

In separate interviews on Channel 2’s “Meet the Press,” three days before Tuesday’s general elections, Livni, leader of the Hatnua party, and Yesh Atid leader Lapid, both referred to Gimpel’s speech and warned of the “extremist” vision of Israel it and the Jewish Home party.