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Businessman shocked to get texts sent to IDF chief’s old number

Army confirms Gadi Eisenkot’s phone number was passed on to private citizen, who received sensitive messages from Israeli and foreign military officials

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot attends a Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee meeting at the Knesset, on February 22, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot attends a Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee meeting at the Knesset, on February 22, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

An Israeli businessman on Monday said he received calls and messages from senior Israeli and foreign military officials after he was assigned the former phone number of IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot.

Army Radio identified the man only as Yossi. Speaking to the station, he said he became alarmed when he began receiving what looked like very sensitive messages.

“A red light went on … if it got in the hands of another citizen I don’t know what would happen,” he said.

It was not entirely clear how Eisenkot’s number was passed on to a private citizen.

In a statement, the military said “the phone number was changed more than a year ago as part of routine procedure coordinated with the supplier.” It did not elaborate.

According to the radio report, the provider said the number was not classified and was reassigned to another customer.

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