Far-right MK Itamar Ben Gvir was threatened with death in a recording released Tuesday, having previously been the subject of other such threats and a foiled Hamas-backed assassination plot.
“I’m on my way to you… I prepared a cartridge with 16 bullets. I will take care of you, your wife and your children,” a man can be heard telling Ben Gvir in a recording of a phone call published by the Ynet news site
“You will get to know my gun up close, my cartridge from up close,” the caller continues. “You harmed our nation too much and your time will end.”
During the conversation, Ben Gvir can be heard asking the caller, “What will you to do me?” He also asked the man his name and where he lives.
The caller identified himself as a policeman named Ismi Abbed from northern Israel, who police later said was not an officer.
Police launched an investigation and said they were “working to identify the person behind the threat and bring him to justice.”
After receiving the call Monday, Ben Gvir claimed during a Knesset plenum session that he was a victim of incitement by government leaders.
“Naftali Bennett called me and my colleagues ‘poison,'” Ben Gvir said, referring to an open letter the prime minister published last week calling on the public to express continued support for his crisis-ridden government.
In the letter, Bennett denounced what he called a “deadly poison machine” of opposition lawmakers such as former premier Benjamin Netanyahu, Ben Gvir, Ayman Odeh and Bezalel Smotrich
“I say to you — enough incitement, words can kill,” Ben Gvir added.
Ben Gvir, who heads the extreme-right Otzma Yehudit faction of the opposition party Religious Zionism, received a similar threat after he was barred from leading a nationalist march through Jerusalem’s Old City in April.
Last month, the Shin Bet announced it had foiled a Hamas-backed assassination attempt of Ben Gvir, among other terror activities.