Woman arrested for threatening letters written to Bennett and his family

A 65-year-old woman from the south of the country was arrested on suspicion of sending threatening letters to the family of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, police said Monday.

This woman is said to be at the origin of the two letters sent last month to the head of the government and his family. One of them contained a bullet.

According to news site Walla, the woman is believed to be from the coastal city of Ashkelon and has previously written social media posts threatening the prime minister.

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“Bennett, just stopping your heartbeat will bring us salvation,” he wrote in one of these posts.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was arrested as part of a joint investigation by the Israeli police’s Lahav 433 Major Crimes Unit and the Shin Security Agency.

Police said at the time the letters were received that contained “detailed death threats” against the Bennett family and security officials said they believed the person who wrote them had “collected information about the family.

The first letter was addressed to Bennett and his wife, Gilat, and was received, along with a bullet, in the building adjacent to the family home where the Prime Minister’s wife’s office is located.

Two days later, a letter addressed to the prime minister’s 15-year-old son, Yoni, arrived in the mailbox of the family home in Ra’anana.

Yoni Bennett, son of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, attends a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, during Yom HaShoah, April 27, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi / Flash90)

Both letters contained threats directed at Bennett, asking him to resign or face repercussions that his family would have to bear the consequences of.

Bennett said at the time that political disputes should not escalate into “violence, intimidation or death threats”.

“I am the Prime Minister and I am a political figure, but I am also a husband and a father and it is my duty to protect my wife and children,” he wrote.

He had asked “everyone, from the entire political spectrum, and in particular personalities active on social networks” to “calm the heat of an incendiary political speech”.

Police have investigated a number of threats made against the prime minister in the past, usually on social media.

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