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After appeal, man given 13 months in jail for tweet threatening Netanyahu

A man has been sentenced on appeal to 13 months in prison for a tweet threatening former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Beersheba resident Asher Ben David was initially sentenced to eight months of community service and an NIS 1,500 ($445) fine, but Beersheba District Court agreed with the prosecution that the magistrate’s court decision had been too lenient.

Ben David has admitted that in 2020, he tweeted “Does anyone know about preparations for assassinating the prime minister? Does someone know… I’d love to take part… it seems that the time has come, I think we’re up to our necks in it.”

The court ruling came as police announced that they would indict a woman accused of sending threatening notes to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his family.

“Everyone hiding behind a keyboard should know before they dare spewing comments like this and putting them in the public sphere that they should expect a harsh punishment and jail time,” the prosecution argued, according to Channel 12 news.

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