PM Lapid’s wife said to get emails hoping she and family die in car crash, of cancer

Shin Bet identifies sender but reportedly deems threat level against Lihi Lapid low; PM’s sister was killed in 1984 traffic accident, his wife’s brother died of cancer this month

Then-minister of foreign affairs Yair Lapid and his wife Lihi Lapid attend their son's graduation ceremony at Ariel University on June 28, 2022. (Flash90)
Then-minister of foreign affairs Yair Lapid and his wife Lihi Lapid attend their son's graduation ceremony at Ariel University on June 28, 2022. (Flash90)

Messages wishing that her family will suffer a violent death or terminal cancer were recently sent to Lihi Lapid, wife of Prime Minister Yair Lapid, the Walla news site reported Sunday.

The Prime Minister’s Office asked the Shin Bet to look into the matter and the internal security service was able to identify the culprit, the report said.

The threats were made using an anonymous email account.

“How can a whore like you and a dog like your husband reach such a station,” the subject of one email said.

The message hoped that the entire Lapid family, as well as Lihi’s relatives, would end up “smeared on the road” and suffer incurable brain cancer.

Lihi Lapid’s older brother died of brain cancer earlier this month and Yair Lapid’s sister was killed in a traffic accident in 1984.

Lihi Lapid in Tel Aviv on April 7, 2019 (Flash90)

Several other emails were sent over the past month that had curses, swearing, and threats to Lapid and her family, the report said.

Sources at the PMO told the news site that the Shin Bet was able to identify the source of the emails, and the level of actual danger was deemed low.

Relevant orders were given to the Lapid’s protection unit, the source said, and the sender was warned.

Lapid’s predecessor, Alternate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, and his family were also the subject of death threats when he was in office.

In May right-wing political activist Ilana Sporta Hania was arrested and indicted after sending two letters containing bullets to Bennett, his wife and his teenage son, threatening their safety if the then-prime minister did not resign.

Threatening letter sent to the Bennett family in April 2022: ‘This is the bullet that will hit your soft underbelly Naftali Bennett and directly hit Yoni Bennett if you do not resign’ (Courtesy)

The following week, the Beersheba District Court sentenced Asher Ben-Dor to 13 months in prison for tweets he wrote in 2020 that included indications he wanted to kill former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his son Yair. Netanyahu was prime minister at the time.

Last month an 18-year-old man from Beit Shemesh was indicted on Monday at the Jerusalem District Court for sending death threats to Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman and his family.

Police released a screenshot of the messages allegedly sent to Liberman by the suspect on Instagram. “I’m dying to kill you, if only I see you. Get ready, do you prefer a knife or an axe???” one message read.

Other ministers in the Lapid and Bennett government also received threats during the year the coalition was in power, starting in June 2021.

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