Bennett Assigned Security Detail After Receiving Death Threats

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Naftali Bennett, head of the Yamina party, February 2021.
Naftali Bennett, head of the Yamina party, February 2021.Credit: POOL/ REUTERS
Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis

The Knesset Guard assigned a security detail to Yamina Chairman Naftali Bennett on Monday, after Bennett received threats on his life in recent days amid Israel's ongoing coalition talks following its fourth election in under two years.

The head of the Knesset Guard, Yosef Grif, added that Bennett's home in Ra'anana will also be put under security.

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On Monday evening, supporters of the far-right Religious Zionism party are expected to protest in front of Bennett's home, as well as outside the homes of Yamina member Ayelet Shaked and New Hope Chairman Gideon Sa'ar. The protesters are demanding that Bennett and Sa'ar join a right-wing government, after both party leaders refused to join a government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Earlier Monday, Netanyahu said he would agree to Bennett serve first as prime minister in a potential rotation agreement, which would bring Israel's ongoing political deadlock one step closer to an end.

Bennett denied he ever made such a proposal, and even said it does not make sense to him. "I didn't ask for the premiership, I don't need convincing," he said. "Present a government, and we'll be ready to help."

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid said Monday that the president should pass the mandate to form the government on to him when Netanyahu's mandate runs out at midnight between Tuesday and Wednesday – instead of passing it to Bennett. "I will not recommend to the president that Bennett receive the mandate, we are the bigger party and the mandate should be given to me," Lapid said during a Yesh Atid party meeting.

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