Gafni appeals to A-G to investigate ex-Mossad chief

Knesset c'tee chair: Halevy's statement that haredim more dangerous than nuclear Iran constitutes incitement; Halevy issues apology.

MK Moshe Gafni 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
MK Moshe Gafni 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Knesset Finance Committee chair Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) asked Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein on Sunday to investigate Efraim Halevy on suspicion of incitement for comments he made Thursday night.
Halevy, a former Mossad chief, condemned religious extremism in the IDF, warning that "Israel's true existential danger comes from within." The former Mossad chief also said that religious extremism is a growing peril to Israel's existence and is more threatening than Iran's nuclear program.
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In a letter to Weinstein, Gafni wrote that Halevy's words crossed a red line and may bring harm to a "defined" sector of the public.
"We are not talking about a single lapse of Halevy's," Gafni continued. "The man has put these things on his agenda and repeats them time after time."
According to Army Radio, Halevy apologized on Sunday for his comments, saying that he had not intended to hurt anyone.