Leader of Blue and White party Benny Gantz speaks on February 28, 2019.
(photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/ MAARIV)
Iranian intelligence has hacked into the phone of Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, according to the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), and has taken all its contents – including sensitive information, Channel 12 reported on Thursday night.
The Shin Bet reportedly told Gantz that he must assume that any information that was on his phone was taken by those most hostile to Israel. No classified information was believed to be on the phone.
Gantz served as chief of staff of the IDF from February 2011 to February 2015.
Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman has warned about foreign interference in the election.
Blue and White said in response that the timing of the leak of the report so close to the April 9 election was suspicious.
“We do not comment on issues that touch on core aspects of Israel’s security,” the party said. “It should be emphasized that this event took place four years after Benny Gantz completed his service as chief of staff and therefore raises important questions as to the specific timing of publication of this news item.”
Blue and White has been falling in the polls over the past week and a half, losing ground to the Likud.
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