Netanyahu tells Israel's Arabs he 'regrets' election-day rallying call

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Posted: Mar 23, 2015 2:15 PM

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday apologized to Israel's Arabs after a rallying call to his supporters on election day last week was called racist by opponents.

In a video clip posted on his Facebook page, Netanyahu told Israeli-Arab supporters of his right-wing Likud party: "I know that the things I said a few days ago offended Israel's Arabs. I had no intention for this to happen, I regret this."

Fearing his voters would stay home, Netanyahu, who won a clear election victory last Tuesday and is set to be nominated to form a new government, accused left-wing non-governmental organizations of bussing Arab-Israelis to the polls "in droves" to vote against him.

(Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Hugh Lawson)