ילדיו של בנט בהשבעתו בכנסת
Bennett's two sons supporting the father in the Knesset
Photo: Alex Kolomoisky
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, wife Gilat and children

Israel nabs woman suspected of sending Bennett death threats

Police put gag order on investigation after 65-year-old woman resident of the south is arrested on suspicions of sending members of PM's family threatening letters containing live bullets

Liran Levi |
Published: 05.09.22, 13:04
The Israeli police on Monday arrested a woman on suspicion of sending death threats to the wife and son of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett last month.
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  • Police said the 65-year-old woman was arrested in southern Israel where she lives, but put a gag order on the investigation and the release of any additional details.
    3 צפייה בגלריה
    נפתלי בנט ומשפחתו
    נפתלי בנט ומשפחתו
    Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, wife Gilat and children
    (Photo: GPO)
    The first of the death threats, addressed to Gilat Bennett, was sent on April 26, and prompted the police serious crimes unit along with the Shin Bet to launch a probe. The second letter, addressed to Bennett's 16-year old son Yoni, was received two days later, on April 28.
    Both letters contained live bullets inside the envelopes.
    Bennett said at the time that political disagreements, no matter how deep, should notever turn violent. "We must do everything to make sure that does not happen," he said.
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    ילדיו של בנט בהשבעתו בכנסת
    ילדיו של בנט בהשבעתו בכנסת
    Bennett's two sons supporting the father in the Knesset
    (Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)
    "We are all human beings and can have arguments and disagreements but not bullying and threats. I am a prime minister and a politician, but I am also a father and husband and my duty is to protect my wife and children. We must tone the discourse down," he said.
    "I call on everyone from all sides of the political spectrum - now is the time for calm and appeasement."
    Yoni, in a story posted on Instagram, said the death threats were the result of incitement by right-wing influences who deserve to go to prison.
    3 צפייה בגלריה
    הסטורי של יוני בנט
    הסטורי של יוני בנט
    Yoni Bennett
    (Photo: Instagram)
    Bennett has been criticized by members of the Right after he opted to join a coalition made up of parties from the left side of the political spectrum, including the Islamist Ra'am faction.
    Members of his Yamina party have also received threats, including his long-time political ally and Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked - who has since been assigned a special security detail.

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