Netanyahu demands extension of security for family

Security is set to be lifted from the Netanyahu family on Monday.

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu at the Jerusalem District Court on November 22, 2021 (photo credit: YONAH JEREMY BOB)
Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu at the Jerusalem District Court on November 22, 2021
(photo credit: YONAH JEREMY BOB)

Former prime minister and leader of the opposition Benjamin Netanyahu has filed a police complaint against a political activist group for what he says was incitement to violence against his family, as he seeks to have the security detail for his family extended.

On Sunday, the Ministerial Committee for the Shin Bet is expected to end this security protection provided to Netanyahu’s family since he was ousted as prime minister last June, which is due to end on Monday.

Netanyahu posted a video to Twitter on Friday in which he detailed recent threats against him, his wife Sarah and his son Yair.

Netanyahu highlighted a social media post from the anti-Netanyahu Crime Minister organization which read “On Monday, as was agreed a long time ago, the security detail will be lifted and the cars will be seized from Sara Netanyahu and her two sons,” they wrote. “Expect surprises?”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sara Netanyahu at the ballot box for the 2021 elections (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sara Netanyahu at the ballot box for the 2021 elections (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Netanyahu also revealed a letter that reached his office in the past few days that showed “Despicable Yair” was written. “We are four Israelis abroad. We will come back to the country soon to kill you and your garbage father.” The letter also went on to call Sara Netanyahu a prostitute.

"You will die soon," it ended.

Netanyahu also showed a clip of a far-left activist addressing Yair Netanyahu during a protest saying that one day, he will be without a security detail and adding “Poof, who knows [what can happen?].”

“It’s important to remember that Gandhi was murdered only two days after his security detail was lifted,” he said. “The writing is on the wall, we’re talking about human lives. What more needs to happen?”

He ended by calling on the Security Committee to disregard their political and personal considerations and keep the security detail on Netanyahu’s family.

“Don’t forsake the safety of my wife and children,” he said.

In response, Crime Minister organization said that “while the people of Israel are being shown the insane waste of public funds on the needless security detail for the Netanyahu family, the bored leader of the opposition is inciting against those who are demanding to put a stop to the insanity.”

They added that “Netanyahu is victimizing himself and lying. There is no red line that man won’t cross so that his family can milk the public treasury.”