Netanyahu Complains to Police About Internet Death Threat

Prime minister refers to writer of the comment on Haaretz website, which was later removed, as a 'lowlife who described how he plans to murder me and my family'

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at a cabinet meeting on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at a cabinet meeting on Sunday, May 31, 2020.Credit: Emil Salman
Netael Bandel
Josh Breiner

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has filed a complaint with the police about death threats made against him in a comment published in November, he announced on Twitter Monday.

A senior police commander came to the Prime Minister’s Residence to take testimony.

Netanyahu tweeted that he filed one complaint about “a series of threats to murder me and members of my family” a few days ago. “Today, I regretfully was forced to file another complaint against a lowlife who described how he plans to murder me and my family.”

The prime minister attached a screenshot to his Twitter message indicating that the source of his new complaint is a comment published in November on the Haaretz website. After Netanyahu’s complaint was filed, a surfer complained about the comment. It was sent consequently to be examined by an editor and was removed from the website.

The image Netanyahu attached to his tweet of a comment on the Haaretz website threatening him and his family.
The image Netanyahu attached to his tweet of a comment on the Haaretz website threatening him and his family.Credit: Screenshot

An indictment was submitted about two weeks ago against a 40-year-old resident in the north for incitement to violence, after he posted calls on his Facebook page for Netanyahu’s murder and for the death of Labor Party Chairman Amir Peretz and Labor Minister Itzik Shmuli. The man’s lawyer said that he submitting a psychiatric evaluation that states that he is not fit to stand trial.

According to the indictment filed in the Hadera Magistrate’s Court, the accused wrote on his Facebook page a few days ago: “I don’t have a life anyway, so I’m willing to be the ‘monkey’ who will serve a prison sentence in your stead if you assassinate Benjamin Netanyahu. Simply say that you received an order from me.”

Later, the accused published another post, stating: “Kill Benjamin Netanyahu and God will owe you. I’ll defend you, just please do it already, it’s intolerable. Put an end to this story like its beginning. You won’t be sent to prison for the rest of your life. On the contrary: You’ll be heroes for future generations.”

Netanyahu filed a complaint early last month against demonstrator Haim Shadmi for inciting to violence against him and against his son Yair. Shadmi was filmed in front of the Prime Minister’s Residence calling for an incendiary device to be thrown at the place and making other threats. Yair Netanyahu also filed a complaint with the police against him, alleging incitement and threats.

“The psychopath Haim Shadmi is threatening my life outright on a megaphone in front of the Prime Minister’s Residence,” Yair Netanyahu tweeted, also posting the video clip of Shadmi demonstrating. “I filed a complaint against him before but received no response.”

Several days later, the Lahav 433 police anti-corruption unit questioned three anti-Netanyahu activists on suspicion that they threatened to harm Yair.

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