Bibi campaigns on Florida airwaves

A new ad in Florida features only the Israeli prime minister warning about a nuclear Iran


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Natasha Lennard
September 20, 2012 3:54PM (UTC)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is getting in on campaign ad season, spreading his hawkish message on Iran across Florida. Using campaign ad format, a clip hitting airwaves Friday features only the prime minister warning of an imminent nuclear Iran.

As Politico's Maggie Haberman reported Thursday:

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The spot is the work of a c4 called Secure America Now - which, thanks to its tax status, doesn't have to disclose its donors.

A Republican involved with the project said its airing in Miami, West Palm Beach and Ft. Myers. The flight is ultimately going to be $1 million, the official said - a media-tracking source said about $400,000 has been placed so far. Those markets house some of the state's largest Jewish communities.

The ad, setting Bibi's apocalyptic predictions against ominous music, makes no reference to Mitt Romney, for whom the Israeli P.M. showed support earlier this year but "distanced himself a bit from" during U.S. television appearances last weekend, noted Haberman.

As Salon mentioned earlier this week, Netanyahu has been claiming that time is running out on nuclear Iran since 1992.

Watch the ad below:


Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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