TA police investigating death threat against Lapid

Anonymous Facebook user writes: "It's too bad you're going up against Netanyahu - you'll end up like Rabin."

January 11, 2012 11:52
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Yair Lapid

Yair Lapid 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Former anchorman and future politician Yair Lapid's campaign received a shock Wednesday when police said they were investigating a death threat on his Facebook page.

A Tel Aviv fraud unit police spokesman said Lapid filed a complaint at a Tel Aviv area police station.

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According to Army Radio, the anonymous Facebook user calling himself Aleph posted in broken Hebrew: "You're an anti-Semite that hates Israel. It's too bad you're going up against [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu - you'll end up like [assassinated prime minister Yitzhak] Rabin."

While the author's threats were direct - he also wrote "I'd like to kill you" - he later retracted, deleting the post and writing "This was not incitement to violence."

Lapid's sudden announcement that he would leave his job in journalism to join the political realm sent shock-waves through the political scene, bringing praise and criticism by both the Right and Left.

While some fear his presence poses a threat to Netanyahu, polls have shown that he may actually do more damage to Kadima in a future election.

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