78-year-old Israeli gets 4-month sentence for threatening Netanyahu

78-year-old Israeli Tzvi Binstein, who issued calls to harm former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu over social media, will have his sentence converted to community service on probation.

 FACEBOOK HAS almost halved the amount of hate speech people see on the social networking site over the last three quarters, down to 0.05% of content views, according to the author. (photo credit: DADO RUVIC/REUTERS)
FACEBOOK HAS almost halved the amount of hate speech people see on the social networking site over the last three quarters, down to 0.05% of content views, according to the author.
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Tzvi Binstein, the 78-year-old man who issued calls to harm former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on various social media platforms, has been officially sentenced to 4 months in prison by the Haifa Shalom Court. 

The conviction was based on his confession that he is guilty of inciting violence. The confession was made as part of a plea agreement, according to Walla. 

The court noted that "the accused did not transgress with one single post; rather, with seven posts over a significant period of time. The content of the posts was blunt, firm and direct. It included encouragement of the public to commit severe acts of violence against the prime minister at the time, as well as his family members."

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Binstein published the posts over the course of several months, between July 2020 and January 2021.

 THEN-PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu attends the Knesset plenum session ahead of the vote on the Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People, 2018 (credit: HADAS PARUSH/FLASH90) THEN-PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu attends the Knesset plenum session ahead of the vote on the Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People, 2018 (credit: HADAS PARUSH/FLASH90)

The 78-year-old's sentence will be converted into community service on probation, according to Ynet.