Israeli Singer Targeted With Car Bomb in Suspected Mob Hit

Police suspect criminal motives behind bombing; Tzan'ani was convicted of using mobsters for extortion in 2011.

Singer Margalit Tzan'ani near her car, in which a bomb exploded.
David Bachar

A bomb exploded in singer Margalit Tzan’ani’s car on Tuesday in the town of Azor near Tel Aviv. No one was injured.

The police suspect criminal motives were behind the bombing, but Tzan’ani dismissed this. “I don’t believe someone tried to harm me,” the singer told Channel 2 TV. “It could be that it is a technical problem with the car.”

Tzan’ani was convicted in November 2011 of extortion and threats against her manager, Assaf Atedgi, and sentenced to six months of community service.

She became embroiled in a financial dispute with Atedgi over commissions, in particular one she felt she was owed for the success of singer Omer Adam, who was also managed by Atedgi.

She confessed to the crime in a plea bargain agreement with prosecutors, sparing her a prison sentence.

Tzan’ani admitted that she blackmailed and threatened Atadagi, in a conspiracy involving underworld figure Michael Hazan and other well-known criminals. She was suspected of asking associates of the prominent Amir Mullner crime family to collect a debt for her from Atadagi.

Tzan’ani, 68, is a very popular performer in Israel and one of the most powerful women in the Israeli Mediterranean music scene.

Widely known as “Margol,” she has also been a celebrity judge on the Israeli “Star is Born” talent search television program.

Her first album, “Na’ari Shuva Eli” (“My Boy, Come Back to Me” ) was released in 1985. Since then, she has released 15 more solo albums.