Saturday, August 13, 2022

Israeli PM family receives death threat letter with bullet

Israeli police announced Tuesday they have launched an investigation into a death threat made against the prime minister. The family of Naftali Bennett was sent a death threat letter containing a live bullet.

The police issued a statement saying that a letter containing a death threat and a live bullet was sent to Bennett’s family. The police added the special crimes department and the Shin Bet internal security agency opened an investigation.

Additional details about the case were under a gag order.

Bennett’s office announced in a statement that the prime minister’s family has been given an increased security detail because of the letter.

Bennett formed a government last year following four successive deadlocked elections.

He heads a coalition of eight parties ranging from ultranationalists to a small Islamist party that were all united in their opposition to longtime prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Bennett and other leaders of the coalition received death threats and were provided with additional security in the run-up to the formation of the new government last June.

One of Bennett’s predecessors as prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, was assassinated in 1995 by a religious nationalist extremist following a peace rally in Tel Aviv.

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