Israeli authorities have detained a 26-year-old man suspected of making threats against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The man was apprehended after leaving a threatening letter on the grave of the prime minister’s brother, Yoni, at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl military cemetery.
In a joint statement, the police and the Shin Bet internal security service announced the arrest of a resident of Kfar Saba. The investigation was led by a police cybercrime unit, which subsequently brought the suspect in for questioning.
A senior Shin Bet official stated that the security service “does not intend to let a deliberate threat against a prime minister that was placed on the grave of an Israeli hero pass.” The official promised to handle the incident with all the available tools at their disposal.
According to local media reports, the suspect has admitted to placing the threatening letter on Yoni Netanyahu’s grave. The content of the letter demanded that the prime minister seize Gaza, which Israeli forces left in 2005, and secure the release of Israeli hostages held by the militant group Hamas. However, a significant portion of the letter was focused on Yoni Netanyahu himself.
The note allegedly stated, “I was asked to inform your brother, Pee-Pee Netanyahu, that he has a little or a lot going for him, but it’s over.” The message went on to warn that the clock is ticking backward, suggesting that the prime minister will not live to celebrate his 74th birthday in October. The letter also compared Netanyahu to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and expressed a desire for even worse things to happen to him.
The letter concluded with a clear statement that it was a serious threat, with “red alert level” written in English and accompanied by a smiley face.
There are reports that the suspect has a history of mental health issues, and authorities plan to conduct a psychiatric evaluation. However, the investigation into these threats against the prime minister is ongoing.
This incident is not the first time Netanyahu has received death threats. In recent months, he has faced increased threats amid his controversial judicial reform, which has sparked significant protests throughout the country.
The grave of Yoni Netanyahu holds great significance in Israeli history. Yoni was killed in 1976 during a hostage rescue operation in Entebbe, Uganda. Palestinian and German terrorists had hijacked an Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris and diverted it to Uganda. The successful rescue mission led by Israeli forces turned Yoni Netanyahu into a national hero.
The arrest of the suspect in this case demonstrates the Israeli authorities’ commitment to ensuring the safety and security of their leaders. Threats against any public figures, particularly the prime minister, are taken seriously and thoroughly investigated. The investigation will continue to determine if there are any additional individuals involved in the threat against Benjamin Netanyahu.