Yair Lapid 311.
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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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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