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Trailing before election, Israel's Netanyahu accuses foreign powers of trying to topple him

  • FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2014 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media during a press conference at the defense ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel. If Netanyahu can lead his Likud Party to victory and secure a fourth term in office, he will be well on his way to overtaking the nation’s iconic founding father, David Ben-Gurion, as the longest-ever serving premier _ and cementing a status as the dominant Israeli politician of the past two decades. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2014 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media during a press conference at the defense ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel. If Netanyahu can lead his Likud Party to victory and secure a fourth term in office, he will be well on his way to overtaking the nation’s iconic founding father, David Ben-Gurion, as the longest-ever serving premier _ and cementing a status as the dominant Israeli politician of the past two decades. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 3, 2015 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves after speaking before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Despite the speech to Congress, his efforts to halt the Iranian nuclear program _ which he describes as the mission of his lifetime _ appear to be stumbling as the U.S. seems to move toward a deal with the Islamic Republic. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    FILE - In this March 3, 2015 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves after speaking before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Despite the speech to Congress, his efforts to halt the Iranian nuclear program _ which he describes as the mission of his lifetime _ appear to be stumbling as the U.S. seems to move toward a deal with the Islamic Republic. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Despite Netanyahu's speech to Congress, his efforts to halt the Iranian nuclear program which he describes as the mission of his lifetime appear to be stumbling as the U.S. seems to move toward a deal with the Islamic Republic. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Despite Netanyahu's speech to Congress, his efforts to halt the Iranian nuclear program which he describes as the mission of his lifetime appear to be stumbling as the U.S. seems to move toward a deal with the Islamic Republic. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)  (The Associated Press)

Israel's prime minister is accusing foreign governments of trying to topple him from power.

Benjamin Netanyahu tells Israel's Army Radio Sunday that foreign powers have spent millions of dollars as part of an orchestrated campaign against him. He did not indicate which governments he was referring to, but said they were colluding with the media and leftist groups in a "just not Bibi" campaign, referring to himself by his popular nickname. He said these foreign powers do not have Israelis' interests in mind and just want weak leadership that will capitulate to their demands.

Netanyahu is trailing the opposition Zionist Union two days before the national election.

After shunning the media for much of his tenure, Netanyahu has been on a media blitz lately to try and close the gap.