Yair Lapid 311.
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Police arrested a 16-year-old youth from Bnei Brak on Wednesday after he
admitted to posting a death threat on politician Yair Lapid’s Facebook
The youth turned himself in to a Tel Aviv police station more than
12 hours after he posted the message. Police had launched an investigation to
determine who wrote the message before the youth came to them.
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“You are a
bastard, a son of a bastard, a problem that cannot be fixed,” the youth
“If you were a standard bastard, you could change, but with a
father as dirty and rotten as yours whose name I hope gets erased from memory,
you really can’t be fixed.”
The youth, who identified himself only with
the Hebrew letter “Aleph,” wrote that he wanted to kill Lapid, calling him “an
anti-Semitic hater of the Jewish people.”
“The verdict against you is
death and anyone who carries it out will be blessed,” Aleph wrote. “If you
challenge Binyamin Netanyahu, what will happen will be very similar to what
happened to Yitzhak Rabin.”
Aleph later added to the Facebook wall that,
despite what he wrote, he had no intention of inciting Lapid’s murder or harm to
When questioned by police, Aleph said what he wrote was “just a
prank.” A Tel Aviv fraud unit police spokesman said Lapid had filed a complaint
at a Tel Aviv-area police station.
Lapid responded mockingly to the
threat on his Facebook wall, writing that his wife Lihi had told him that if he
was murdered, she wanted to go first.
When an admirer of Lapid wrote on
the wall, “You’re the next prime minister,” Lapid wrote back, “Emil, that’s not
particularly reasonable but thanks.”