Opposition leader and former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called out a heckler who said that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid should be killed, at a Likud party event Thursday.
The new government, headed by Bennett and Lapid, recently ended Netanyahu’s 12-year reign.
“Bennett and Lapid need to die,” the man yelled at the Likud Youth event in Tel Aviv.
“No!” Netanyahu exclaimed.
“If you are a plant, you’ve done your job, if not, you’re stupid,” he responded to the man.
“This will not happen, nobody will die. We will defeat them [at the ballot]. I will not accept such things,” Netanyahu added.
The activist was briefly questioned by the Shin Bet security service and released home, according to the Walla news site.
Former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish extremist in 1995, when Netanyahu was opposition leader.
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The left-leaning Darkenu organization said it would call upon the police chief and attorney general to investigate the incident.
“The next political assassination may be around the corner and we must stop the instigators before the words turn into bullets,” Yaya (Yair) Fink, head of the organization, said.
During the event on Thursday, Netanyahu railed against the new government, which he said “rests entirely on the support of the left and Ra’am.”
“He thinks he’s a prime minister,” Netanyahu said, referring to Bennett, “but the economic prime minister is [finance minister Avigdor] Liberman, the political prime minister is Lapid, the defense prime minister is [Benny] Gantz.”
“A prime minister from the right but they are all from the left and Ra’am,” Netanyahu said, referring to the Islamist party headed by Mansour Abbas, a member in the new coalition.
Under the coalition agreements, Yamina party leader Bennett will serve as prime minister for just over two years and will be followed in the Prime Minister’s Office by his coalition partner Lapid, leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party.