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Meretz is trying to attract legalization supporters with Gil Kopatch

The Meretz Party is trying to pull back the voices of the legalization supporters in Israel by a new clip featuring former directors of the "Green leaf", Boaz Wachtel and Gil Kopatch.

An SMS message was sent a few hours ago to hundreds of thousands of Israelis, including a link to a video featuring the entertainer Gil Kopatch and the founder of the green leaf Boaz Vachtel - both expressing support for Meretz.

In the video, Wachtel and Kopatch present themselves as representatives of the Green Leaf, although this has been done without coordinating with Oren Leibowitz, the party's chairman, and against his position.

The two claim in the video that the Meretz party is ostensibly the only one that has promoted legalization over the years and will continue the activities of a green leaf.

"Meretz is the continuation of a green leaf in terms of legalization," they say. "Everyone is pretending to support legalization, and only Meretz has been working on the issue for many years, so we have to pass on our votes to them, they are distractions, but we love the differences."

This video apparently comes from the concern of the Meretz administration in light of the departure of the legalization supporters of other parties, including the Labor Party that adopted the idea recently, as well as other small parties, both in the center and on the right of the political map.

Many of the recipients of the announcement mistakenly thought that this was support from Leibowitz, chairman of the Green Leaf so far, but this is not true. The support is solely by Gil Kopatch who was chairman of the party a decade ago in 2009.

It should be noted that in the Meretz party it is probably wrong to think that supporters of the Green Leaf and the legalization are essentially leftists, although this is not the case.

Meretz added the legalization clause to the party's platform for the first time only a week ago, when until now the official support was for not only incriminating.

"The attempt to attract the votes of supporters of legalization from the right to Meretz is ridiculous and stupid," he tells Cannabis, a factor involved in cannabis in Israel, preferring not to be exposed. "Meretz needs to attract legalization supporters from the left-center bloc, where the big party Blue White does not express support for this issue," he said.

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