Israeli Court Lifts Gag Order on Identity of Israeli Woman Suspected of Threating PM Bennett

Ilana Sporta Hania is suspected of the crimes of threatening a terrorist act, extortion through threats, transporting weaponry, and conspiracy to commit a crime

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Ilana Sporta Hania, the Israeli woman arrested for sending death threats to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his family, this week.
Ilana Sporta Hania, the Israeli woman arrested for sending death threats to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his family, this week. Credit: Hadas Parush
Josh Breiner
Josh Breiner

An Israeli cour lifted the gag order on Wednesday on the identity of the 65-year-old woman from the southern Israeli town of Ashkelon who is suspected of sending threatening letters to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his family. 

Ilana Sporta Hania, a supporter of opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, was arrested on Monday by police, and is suspected of the crimes of threatening a terrorist act, extortion through threats, transporting weaponry, and conspiracy to commit a crime. She has denied all allegations against her.

Sporta Hania had been in the news in the past for swearing at New Hope Knesset member Benny Begin when he visited Ashkelon. She had been a frequent critic on social media of Prime Minister Naftali Bennet, calling him a "murderer" a "traitor," and a "swindler," and had been investigated in the past due to a social media post. 

The Israeli police and Shin Bet security service launched an investigation after two letters containing death threats and bullets were sent to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his family in late April. 

Following her arrest on Monday, Sporta Hania's identity remained undisclosed until Wednesday – when the gag order on the details of the investigation was lifted by the Central District Court in Lod. 

The investigation revealed that the suspect's motive for sending the letters was her dissatisfaction with the government's handling of the political and security situation, though further details, including the suspect's identity, were under a gag order until Wednesday. 

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