Gantz Says Has to Replace Phone 'Every Two Months Due to Threats From the Left'

'The toxic environment in the country is unacceptable. It stems primarily from the unwillingness to accept the rules of the democratic game,' said Israel's Defense Minister at Haaretz's Conference on Democracy

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Defense Minister Benny Gantz addresses Haaretz's conference today
Defense Minister Benny Gantz addresses Haaretz's conference todayCredit: Hadas Parush
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Defense Minister Benny Gantz said he has to change his mobile phone "every two months" due to personal threats from the political left, in an address to Haaretz's Conference on Democracy on Monday. 

He added that he was personally classified as facing a high-level threat by the security services. "I have to replace my phone every two months because of threats I am receiving, and these come from the political left, not the right."  

The Kahol Lavan chairman noted that the intimidation come from all parts of the Israeli society. "The threats I received when the idea to be supported by the Joint List came up two years ago. I have also received after forming the previous government with Netanyahu."

"The toxic environment in the country is unacceptable. It stems primarily from the unwillingness to accept the rules of the democratic game," said Gantz, adding that "we all have to internalize the fact that typing with one's fingers on a keyboard can be one step away from pulling with one's fingers the trigger." 

Gantz also referred to the crimes committed by Jews against Palestinians in the West Bank, saying "there won't be tolerance toward terror coming from any side."

According to him, during the last year the number of indictments over politically motivated crimes has doubled. "During the upcoming days I will instruct a series of measure to be taken to increase enforcement," he said.  

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