'When will media, left condemn the incessant incitement?'

Netanyahu files police complaint over decapitation threat to him and family

Prime minister posts screenshot of message calling to hang him, his wife and his two sons

(From left to right) Avner, Sara, Benjamin and Yair Netanyahu tour the Golan Heights, on April 23, 2019. (PMO)
(From left to right) Avner, Sara, Benjamin and Yair Netanyahu tour the Golan Heights, on April 23, 2019. (PMO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said he filed a complaint with police over threats to him and his family.

“A few days ago I filed a complaint with the police about a series of threats to murder me and my family. Today, unfortunately, I had to file another complaint against a man detailing how he intended to murder me and my family,” Netanyahu wrote in a Facebook post.

“When will the media and the left, who do not stop for a moment trying to topple a right-wing prime minister, finally condemn the unruly and incessant incitement against me and my family?” he wrote.

The prime minister has in recent years intensified his attacks on the media and the left, along with law enforcement bodies, in light of the criminal investigations against him, accusing them of conducting and inciting a “witch hunt” against him.

Netanyahu posted a screenshot of the November post on Facebook that said: “Go to the [Prime Minister’s Residence] on Balfour Street — honor the quartet with beheadings after which their bodies will hang from the balcony.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara tour southern Israel together on April 8, 2015, together with their sons Yair and Avner, during the Jewish holiday of Passover. (Photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

“Lead them in a march of shame to [Jerusalem’s central] Zion Square and honor the quartet with a juicy beheading followed by their bodies hanging from the balcony,” the screenshot read.

“Grab the sewer [a play on the prime minister’s nickname Bibi], the female pig and the two cubs, yes even the one from the trivia show,” the post read, referring to the prime minister, his wife and two sons, Yair and Avner, the latter of whom won the National Bible Quiz in 2010 and more recently appeared on the gameshow “The Chase.”

Yair Netanyahu, who lives in the premier’s Jerusalem residence, is an arch-conservative who has become known for his brash and often off-color social media trolling. In April, Netanyahu disavowed his son’s remarks after he appeared to wish death upon left-wing protesters at a Tel Aviv rally against the prime minister.

Last month, left-wing activist Haim Shadmi was called in for questioning under caution by police for allegedly threatening Yair. Shadmi was summoned to the Lahav 433 serious crimes unit, following a complaint filed by the prime minister, as well as a separate complaint filed by Yair Netanyahu himself. Shadmi has published investigative pieces in Zman Yisrael, the Times of Israel’s Hebrew sister site, one of which, on Israel’s health care system, was published last month by The Times of Israel.

Last month, two people were questioned by police in connection with death threats and other harassing messages sent to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who has come under fire for pursuing criminal charges against Netanyahu. Mandelblit had filed a police complaint a day earlier regarding the threats.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit speaks at the 17th annual Jerusalem Conference of the ‘Besheva’ group, on February 24, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

When asked about the threats toward the attorney general, Netanyahu responded: “I do not want to see attacks on anyone, including my family.”

Also last month, a 39-year-old Tel Aviv man was arrested on suspicion of inciting violence against the prime minister.

During a remand hearing, police presented the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court with a number of posts published on Facebook by Michael Ronen Agmon, including one in which he said Netanyahu needed to be “neutralized” and another that had a picture of the premier surrounded by skulls and the phrase “Foe of Israel.”

A Facebook post by Michael Ronen Agmon, which calls Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the ‘foe of Israel.’ (Facebook)

A police representative told the judge during the remand hearing that they had received a tip regarding Agmon from the Prime Minister’s Office.

The officer also presented to the court a WhatsApp message allegedly sent by the suspect, in which he called for Netanyahu to be harmed.

Agmon told the court, “I strongly oppose violence and had no intention of doing anything.”

Most Popular
read more: