Israeli radio host axed after claiming Jerusalem blast related to coalition negotiations

After insinuating that terror attack might have had something to do with negotiations to form new government, Army Radio suspends Hadas Shtaif from covering the attack on air

Ran Boker|
An Army Radio news anchor was suspended Wednesday from covering the terror attack in Jerusalem after alleging the twin blasts were connected to the ongoing negotiations to form a coalition government.
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  • “Police also said that due to fruitful negotiations with a certain character who is about to receive a certain position in the new government – emotions are tense and these emotions also have to do with the situation,” Hadas Shtaif told the audience while on air covering the blast that killed one person and wounded dozens more.
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    הדס שטייף
    Hadas Shtaif
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    A short time later, Shtiaf posted on her Twitter account that she was suspended from continuing to cover the attack. “I was suspended from covering the terror attack until further notice,” she wrote.
    “All those wishing me ill, have a party. Don’t forget to invite me too.”
    Shtaif later posted another tweet aimed against far-right lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir, who is seeking the public security portfolio, but officials in the Army Radio clarified that her suspension was due to what she said on air and not what was posted on Twitter.
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    Itamar Ben-Gvir
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    Ben-Gvir later also turned to Twitter, writing, “Hadas Shtaif abused the Army Radio microphone this morning in order to back terror, incite against me and tell lies. I hope her suspension won’t be temporary!”
    He added: “I’m the first to fight for journalists’ freedom of speech, but whoever is encouraging terrorists to carry out attacks while being legitimized shouldn’t work on Army Radio.”
    The Army Radio said in a statement: “Hadas Shtaif’s report this morning is under investigation. The anchor has been asked to not cover the terror attack further until the investigation is complete.”
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