Netanyahu arrests rowdy who calls for Bennett and Lapid to ‘die’
Opposition leader and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on a heckler who said Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Deputy Prime Minister Yair Lapid should be killed, during a Likud event on Thursday.
The new government, led by Bennett and Lapid, recently ended Netanyahu’s 12-year rule.
“Bennett and Lapid must die,” the man shouted at the Likud Youth event in Tel Aviv.
“No!” exclaimed Netanyahu.
“If you’re a factory you’ve done your job, if not, you’re stupid,” he replied to the man.
“It won’t happen, no one will die. We will defeat them [at the ballot]. I will not accept such things, ”Netanyahu added.
The activist was briefly questioned by Shin Bet security services and released, according to the Walla news site.
Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish extremist in 1995, while Netanyahu was the leader of the opposition.
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Left-wing organization Darkenu said it would ask the police chief and the attorney general to investigate the incident.
“The next political assassination may be imminent and we must stop the instigators before the words turn to bullets,” said Yaya (Yair) Fink, head of the organization.
During Thursday’s event, Netanyahu denounced the new government, which he said “relies 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 on the right but they are all on the left and Raam,” Netanyahu said, referring to the Islamist party led by Mansour Abbas, a member of the new coalition.
Under the coalition agreements, party leader Yamina Bennett will serve as prime minister for just over two years and will be followed to the prime minister’s office by his coalition partner Lapid, leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party.