The Parisian magazine Le Point ran a commentary on the political life of the current Israeli premier, saying that when deciding on election campaign issues, Netanyahu listens only to his American political advisor Arthur Finkelstein.
The magazine also noted that some question Netanyahu’s integrity and liken him to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, saying he has different political languages: One for foreign leaders and another for politicians at home.
On Monday, Netanyahu made a last-ditch plea to disaffected Israeli voters and urged them to go to the polls on January 22 and vote for him.
“I appeal to each and every citizen going to the ballot box: ‘Decide for whom you are going to vote - for a divided and weak Israel or for a united and strong Israel and a large governing party?’” he said.
The appeal followed weeks of rising support for Naftali Bennett, who has posed serious challenge to Netanyahu.
Bennett, a young politician from the religious far-right camp, leads Jewish Home Party, which has so far had only three seats in the Israeli parliament.
Bennett, who is opposed to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, believes that Israel should annex the so-called Area C to the Occupied Palestinian Territories, an area, which makes nearly 60 percent of the Tel Aviv-occupied West Bank.
Bennett was Netanyahu’s bureau chief and ran his campaign for the Likud Party leadership in 2007. However, he later resigned from his position after quarreling with Netanyahu’s wife.