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  • Days before the election, supporters of Benjamin Netanyahu roll up to a strip mall in the south of Israel.

  • Miri Regev is a right wing Likud politician.

  • She's Netanyahu's minister of culture, and tonight she's campaigning for his reelection.

  • No way, Theo.

  • How is this election different from the last election, You small thief comments start to upset someone.

  • His name is moron.

  • He identifies as a Palestinian citizens.

  • The past decade has been defined by the leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu.

  • In a country facing constant threats.

  • Many credit him for keeping Israel safe and strong.

  • We will do what is necessary to defend our people.

  • But now he's caught up in a corruption scandal and will almost certainly be indicted on charges of bribery and fraud.

  • The polls are close, so we came here to listen to his supporters and understand why people are sticking with him.

  • We're on the Israel Gaza border.

  • Palestinians continue to protest against an Israeli blockade that has suffocated them, and the Israel Defense Forces are on high alert for violence and Hamas rockets way visit nearby border communities in the south, where Netanyahu's hardline stance makes him popular.

  • His supporters are very diverse.

  • This working class area is a rock solid base for food.

  • Alan DVD is the mayor of State Road, a city less than a mile from the Gaza border.

  • I believe that our Prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is the best men that we can get in this time because we see what he's done with the run weighed down with economically off Islam.

  • And we said the security in this area imagine done in my net And every week someone will send walking What you ask for them.

  • They're too, from Trump.

  • What you ask for, your president will say.

  • Even Children here know an alarm means they have 15 seconds to get to safety.

  • You can see where the shelter that's a shelter shelter thing.

  • This is a shelter.

  • And there we have a shelter four years ago instead of the evening, I mean, my family will live very close to weigh started.

  • Well, dollar system, red collar.

  • They walk it land.

  • You see the car?

  • Yes, yes, there's a saying here, Rock bebe, which means Onley bebe.

  • For many, it means Onley Netanyahu can keep them safe from the community of negative.

  • Huh?

  • Sora You can see the fence separating Israel from Gaza.

  • We visit the toss a family.

  • Like everyone here.

  • They had to build something called a safe room in their home.

  • So you see, you see, it's very small.

  • Every time I have a bomb or alarm, I need to run here.

  • But it's not self safely because we don't have enough time.

  • We have 15 seconds and if I don't know five, it's not a real life, you know.

  • I mean, this is our life.

  • Some off us want pace in a little bit off us, like me.

  • Don't believe in peace.

  • They want to kill us.

  • They want to destroy us.

  • They want they want to kill Israeli.

  • You don't think peace is possible?

  • No possible for me.

  • Not now.

  • It's possible.

  • But no, no, no.

  • The Hamas is in Gaza and you can take away.

  • And with them peace.

  • Hamas.

  • It's Hezbollah.

  • Hezbollah is Iran.

  • Iran is my enemy.

  • That's it for me.

  • I don't see a partner toe have now peace and Netanyahu is the only one for me that see the same thing about them.

  • Netanyahu.

  • That's it for me.

  • No one can replace him.

  • What are some of the other issues for this election that are on your mind.

  • Every Israeli election has been about security, and many Israelis have trusted Netanyahu to keep them safe, which is why his main rival now wants to emphasize that he can be just as tough.

  • Many guns is a three star general.

  • He rose to the highest ranks of the Israeli military campaign, has highlighted the need for unity within the country.

  • But to win a parliamentary majority and become prime minister of Israel Dances Party is expected to form a coalition with parties well to his left.

  • So it's not clear to some people hear what his leadership would bring.

  • Cherie, stop here, cares about security.

  • He leans left and believes in a peace process with a two state solution.

  • But Netanyahu's Israel some consider him a trader.

  • I'm going to give my life in the next three years to the army.

  • I'm going to be a crybaby.

  • Maybe I'm going toe getting other Gaza and I traitor.

  • How can you say that?

  • In many ways, this election is really referendum on Netanyahu in the direction he's taken the country in this political campaign ad, Israel's minister of justice mocked rising concerns about the erosion of democracy for shoes.

  • And it went viral minister, I yell it Shake heads!

  • New right party is more right than Netanyahu's, but he will need her party to form a governing coalition.

  • We came to her private campaign event to see how conservative voters were feeling about Netanyahu, and it quickly became clear they're worried divisions, air forming among his traditional political allies.

  • So many Israelis who supported Netanyahu in the past must decide if they should continue to support him.

  • Now Israeli society is incredibly diverse, and Netanyahu's leadership is deep divisions and pushed the country to the right.

  • After 10 years of leadership, the question is, can Israelis imagine a future without him?

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