Hadera man indicted over threatening Facebook posts against Netanyahu
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Hadera man indicted over threatening Facebook posts against Netanyahu

Prosecutors allege 40-year-old called for murder of PM, said Labor MKs who joined new government deserve capital punishment; suspect to undergo psychiatric examination

Prime MInister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on March 25, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Prime MInister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on March 25, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

A man from northern Israel was indicted Thursday for incitement to violence over a series of threatening social media posts against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The suspect, a 40-year-old from Hadera whose name is withheld from publication, will remain in custody at a mental health hospital until he undergoes a psychiatric examination.

The indictment filed at the Hadera Magistrate’s Court highlighted four posts the suspect allegedly published on Facebook calling for violence against Netanyahu and his murder. Prosecutors said there was a genuine concern the posts could lead to actual violence.

“Life… I don’t have that either… so I’m ready to be the ‘monkey’ that will sit in prison instead of you if you murder Benjamin Netanyahu… just say you received the order from me,” one of the posts said.

Another post said Netanyahu had been indicted for “betraying” Israel, in apparent reference to the premier’s upcoming trial on corruption charges.

Labor MKs Itzik Shmuli (L) and Amir Peretz at the party’s headquarters in Tel Aviv on February 13, 2019. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

The suspect also railed against Labor party ministers Amir Peretz and Itzik Shmuli in a post over the center-left lawmakers’ decision to join Netanyahu’s new government.

“Traitors whose punishment is death,” the post said.

Prosecutors argued it was necessary to keep the suspect in custody as “there is a reasonable basis for concern” that he could cause harm to the security of individuals, the public and the country.

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