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Plea deal reached with activist who sent death threats, bullets to ex-PM Bennett

Ilana Sporta Hania, a 65-year-old resident of Ashkelon, suspected of sending envelopes containing bullets to the Bennett family, seen as she arrives for a court hearing in Rishon Lezion, May 18, 2022. (Flash90)
Ilana Sporta Hania, a 65-year-old resident of Ashkelon, suspected of sending envelopes containing bullets to the Bennett family, seen as she arrives for a court hearing in Rishon Lezion, May 18, 2022. (Flash90)

A plea deal has been reached between prosecutors and right-wing political activist Ilana Sporta Hania, who is on trial after she sent threatening letters containing bullets to then-prime minister Naftali Bennett and his family last year, Hebrew media reports.

Sporta Hania, a 65-year-old retired nurse from Ashkelon, admits in court that she sent two letters containing bullets addressed to Bennett, his wife and their teenage son, threatening their safety if the premier did not resign.

“I didn’t intend to harm the Bennett family,” she says. “I express regret and remorse and apologize to the family.”

In return, prosecutors have removed the charge of illegal possession of a firearm, leaving just the charge of extortion. The plea deal has been reportedly signed with the agreement of the Bennett family.

But the sides don’t agree on the punishment. While prosecutors demand a custodial prison sentence, the judge has accepted a defense request to refer Sporta Hania to be evaluated by the Probation Service.

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