Likud activist calls for execution of senior prosecutors by firing squad

Michael Ben Shushan said in a Twitter Space conversation that he would execute senior prosecutors in the State Attorney's Office to fix the system which he believes to be corrupt.

Supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu protest outside his residence following Israel's Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit's indictment ruling in Jerusalem (photo credit: RONEN ZVULUN / REUTERS)
Supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu protest outside his residence following Israel's Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit's indictment ruling in Jerusalem
(photo credit: RONEN ZVULUN / REUTERS)

Likud activist Michael Ben Shushan called for senior prosecutors in the State Attorney's Office to be executed by firing squad for their "betrayal of state institutions."

In a conversation on Twitter Space on Monday hosted by Rami Ben Yehuda, who is notorious for attacking anyone who is against Benjamin Netanyahu, Ben Shushan was asked what he thought was the most effective way to “change the situation in the prosecutor’s office.”

It was not clear in the recording what the situation that was being referenced is.

"I have an extreme vision, but it's quick, and it solves the problem," Ben Shushan replied. "I would showcase a trial, take out all the people with evidence against them that they used their power to corrupt, stand them in a line in front of a nice white wall, and execute them."

Later, Ben Shushan said his remark “was a statement made in a joking manner in [Twitter] Space. It was an unnecessary and bitter expression of the highest level. I also wrote to them that I apologize if anyone was offended.”

 SUPPORTERS OF Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu demonstrate at Habima Square in Tel Aviv, August 2021. (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/FLASH90) SUPPORTERS OF Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu demonstrate at Habima Square in Tel Aviv, August 2021. (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/FLASH90)

He added that he had only meant for people to be executed after a trial and that if anyone had taken him too literally that's their problem.

Shortly after the recording was released, Labor MK Naama Lazimi announced on Twitter that she filed a complaint against Ben Shushan with Israel Police.

"I have just filed a complaint for incitement to murder against Likud activist Michael Ben Shushan who called for the execution of senior prosecutors," she wrote. "When they are threatened, democracy is threatened. I demand of the police commissioner to make sure this dangerous man is deeply investigated. We must not stay silent when faced with these dangerous statements." 

A police source later told Journalist Ben Caspit that the recording had been passed on to the police Investigations and Intelligence Division of Israel Police.

Likud affiliates' statements on the justice system

Likud affiliates have been widely criticized for their statements regarding the Israeli legal system.

On Sunday, Likud MK Miri Regev came under scrutiny for saying during an interview with Walla News that if it was up to her, the Netanyahu corruption trial would stop during the time leading up to the elections.

Other government and law enforcement officials were quick to condemn Regev's statement, warning that Likud intends to turn the country into a dictatorship and destroy the justice system.