Israel PM's family receives death threat and bullet in mail

Israeli police say that the family of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has received a death threat and a bullet in the mail for the second time this week

Via AP news wire
Thursday 28 April 2022 14:14
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Israeli police said Thursday the family of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has received a death threat and bullet in the mail for the second time this week.

Israeli media say the target of the threats was Bennett's 17-year-old son.

In a nationwide speech marking Israel's Holocaust memorial day, Bennett lamented the deep polarization in Israeli society as he warned his citizens against letting internal divisions tear society apart.

“My brothers and sisters, we cannot, we simply cannot allow the same dangerous gene of factionalism dismantle Israel from within,” Bennett said in Wednesday night's ceremony, broadcast on national TV.

Bennett’s speech, coming on one of Israel’s most solemn days of the year, came in a deeply personal context. Just a day earlier, his family received a letter with a live bullet and a death threat. Israeli authorities tightened security around the premier and his family and were investigating.

That prompted his son oldest son Yoni to write on Instagram how upsetting the episode had been.

“It’s just sad to see that real people write such horrible things,” he said. “To think that he lives and breathes like me but has a brain that was created by the devil is crazy.”

Israeli media said Yoni, who is 17, was the target of Thursday's threats.

Bennett leads a narrow coalition that recently lost its parliamentary majority. His government is made up of eight parties that have little in common beyond their shared animosity to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Netanyahu, now the opposition leader, has worked hard to deepen divisions within the coalition.

Bennett’s government was formed after four inconclusive elections, underscoring the fissures in society over key issues, including the conflict with the Palestinians and relations between religious and secular Jews.

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