נפתלי בנט ומשפחתו
The Bennett family
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Ilana Sporta Hania in court during a remand hearing

Israel set to charge woman for sending death threats to Bennett's family

Ilana Sporta Hania, a pro-Netanyahu Likud activist, to be indicted for sending death threat in letters containing live bullets to PM's wife and sons; police says similar threats sent by her to ex-AG Avichai Mandelblit

Liran Levi |
Published: 05.18.22, 14:54
The Israeli police said Wednesday that it was prepared to indict a woman suspected to sending death threats to the family of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
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  • Ilana Sporta Hania, 65, was arrested last month for sending letters with threats to Bennett's wife and teenage sons, which contained live bullets.
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    הארכת מעצר לאילנה ספורטה
    הארכת מעצר לאילנה ספורטה
    Ilana Sporta Hania in court during a remand hearing
    (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
    According to the police, the Likud activist sent one letter to Gilat, Bennett's wife, and a second letter was addressed to his 16-year-old son Yoni.
    Investigators said the staunch supporter of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had previously also sent death threats to former Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit after he indicted the ex-premier on charges of corruption.
    They said identical handwriting in the letters confirmed their suspicion.
    "This is the bullet that will hit and kill your lying wife or you," Sporta Hania wrote. "You swindler, Naftali Bennett, my advice to you is resign."
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    נפתלי בנט ומשפחתו
    נפתלי בנט ומשפחתו
    The Bennett family
    (Photo: Ariel Zandenberg)
    The resident of Ashkelon was arrested on May 9, and was remanded in custody a number of times.
    Her defense attorney Adi Carmeli said the police was looking for public attention and that they were pursuing extreme charges.
    "The court ruled that there was no fear of the investigation being corrupted in any way and therefore no need to hold my client in detention," he said.
    "The police went too far and attributed her too much. Asking to extend my client's arrest shows that the police was pandering to the media," he said.
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    הקליע ששלחה לבית משפחת בנט
    The letter and bullet sent to Gilat Bennett
    Sporta Hania was captured on video in the past, shouting slurs at MK Benny Begin, who left the Likud party to join Netanyahu opponent Gideon Saar's New Hope Party.
    "Go into the sea and die," she told him.
    On her Facebook page, Sporta Hania regularly posted inciteful messages and pictures. One of her posts reads, "History teaches us that Napoleon, Mussolini, and Hitler were megalomaniac and psychotic and hurt their own people, are we experiencing the same thing with Bennett?"
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    פוסטים בפייסבוק נגד בנט שכתבה החשודה
    פוסטים בפייסבוק נגד בנט שכתבה החשודה
    Ilana Sporta Hania's Facebook post
    In another post she wrote Bennett was a murderer who must be put on trial.
    She will remain in police custody at least until Sunday.

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