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Chuck Norris Endorses Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Actor Chuck Norris recently endorsed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is up for re-election on March 17.

In a video (below), Norris said he watched Netanyahu's speech to U.S. Congress, noted RT.com.

"I also saw a strong leader which is absolutely crucial for the safety of the Israeli people," Norris said.

Norris later added, "That's why it's so important keep a leader who has the courage and vision to stand up against the evil forces that are threatening not only Israel, but the United States."

Norris failed to mention Israel's current income disparity, which may be why Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party is in a tight race against Isaac Herzog's center-left Zionist Union.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman recently wrote in an opinion piece for The New York Times:

"Israel has experienced a dramatic widening of income disparities. Key measures of inequality have soared; Israel is now right up there with America as one of the most unequal societies in the advanced world. And Israel’s experience shows that this matters, that extreme inequality has a corrosive effect on social and political life...

"According to Luxembourg Income Study data, the share of Israel’s population living on less than half the country’s median income — a widely accepted definition of relative poverty — more than doubled, to 20.5 percent from 10.2 percent, between 1992 and 2010. The share of children in poverty almost quadrupled, to 27.4 percent from 7.8 percent. Both numbers are the worst in the advanced world, by a large margin."

Another problem for Netanyahu may be recently leaked top secret documents from Israel's intelligence agency, Mossad.

According to The Guardian, the documents show that "Netanyahu’s dramatic declaration to world leaders in 2012 that Iran was about a year away from making a nuclear bomb was contradicted by his own secret service."

Weeks after Netanyahu made his famous speech at the U.N. with a cartoon drawing of Iran's nuclear bomb progress, Mossad documents shared with South Africa said that Iran was "not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons."

Sources: RT.com, The New York Times, Cross-National Data Center In Luxembourg, The Guardian
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