Israeli Gets Two-month Probation for Facebook Threats Against Netanyahu’s Family

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement to the press, Jerusalem, September 13, 2020.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement to the press, Jerusalem, September 13, 2020.Credit: Yoav Dudkevitch
Almog Ben Zikri
Almog Ben Zikri

A court handed sentenced  an Ashkelon resident with posting threats against the Netanyahu family on Facebook to two months probation on Wednesday.

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Judge Anat Hulta of the Ashkelon Magistrate's Court convicted Zvi Sabag, 57, as part of a plea deal that he signed. The prosecution did not demand that he pay a fine, as is customary in cases of this type, given his age, financial situation, state of health and the fact that he has no criminal record.

The indictment against Sabag was filed three months ago for a series of posts on his Facebook page. According to the indictment, on November 4, 2019, Sabag wrote: "Israel Police. Prepare … [for] the funerals of Benjamin, Sara and Yair Netanyahu. Thank you. "Later, Sabag published another post that read "Yair Netanyahu. If you do not feel well later in the day do not go to the hospital. These are physical signs that herald your death and departure from this world. What will you do now? Will you run to the Israel Police to report a real threat to your life and ask them to protect it?”

In the original indictment against Sabag, another section appeared stating the defendant replaced his Facebook profile picture with a picture of Netanyahu with a rope hanging around his neck. Later, this section of the indictment was removed.

Sabag's defense attorneys, Netanel Lagami and Alexei Galpgat of the Public Defender's Office, said that "although we think the defendant could have been acquitted at the end of the proceedings, the defendant chose to take responsibility for his actions and admit the act attributed to him. We are glad the state understood this."

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